Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Unsecured, Open To Trespass, And Being TIMED
Photo By John Hoff
This house sits across from a day care center. The front door is wide open, decorated with an old "STOP WORK" order.
I called it in to 311 as a vacant, unsecured house. Now I'm timing that sucker with a stop watch.
Last year, after SOME citizens started taking things into their own hands under the city's "adopt houses" mandate, and doing what was necessary to secure our neighborhood against copper thieves, whores and crackheads, the official boarding process got a bit faster. It started taking a couple days instead of, oh gee, WEEKS.
Or a MONTH.
But somehow I think...
...in the last few months that increased speed, that sense of urgency has just evaporated. So it's time for a test. And this house, RIGHT ACROSS FROM A DAY CARE CENTER, is the test. I'll be watching this one, and if it doesn't get the attention it needs in a reasonable period of time, I'll be griping about it over and over.
In a related matter: Hawthorn Crossings strip mall continues to be a cesspool of open air drug dealing, with no on-site security evident, except meaningless "NO LOITERING" signs which may serve some function as back-scratchers, but appear to have no other function. I hear some important North Minneapolis names are associated with this strip mall and some of the businesses at that mall.