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Scalzo and Mercer Terrace Neighborhoods of Mercer Island

Back in late 1960s / early 1970s, Thomas Scalzo Development Company clear-cut the hillside forest in this neighborhood. The residents in this area, angered by the tree cutting, dubbed the neighborhood “Scalzo Scar.”  The outcry from this incident led to Mercer Island’s land-clearing ordinance, an inaugural statute which led to more throughout Washington. The residents here went onto work together to bring their concerns about traffic to the city and even agreed to share among themselves the cost of putting in intersection islands to slow down traffic driving through the area. The neighborhood is light and sunny; the homes here are often split levels and daylight ramblers built in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Pioneer Park’s Northwest Quadrant is just northeast of the neighborhood.   The Southend Shopping Center, the Fire Station and Islander Middle School are close as well.