A few days ago, Fifth Ward Council Member Don Samuels informed me Merwin's Liquor is planning to do something about the chronic butt fence sitting on the edge their property by making improvements to their wall and fence. Recently, in an informal late evening conversation at the home of a Jordan resident, Samuels showed me a sample fence post with screw plates at the bottom which I promptly dubbed the "Buttinator 4000." (See bottom photo)
Apparently, the current metal fence will be moved outward a couple feet to...
...eliminate the chronic loitering, which has made this corner a nexus of crime and social disorder for a number of years. Horror stories exist about citizens who won't even exit or wait for the bus on that corner, because of the squalor and crime which hangs out all day on the "butt fence."
However, it appears Merwin's is making progress on this issue, for which I am very grateful.
The butt fence issue had been simmering for a long time, but got red hot on the last few months due to an officer from the Fourth Precinct airing the issue at the Hawthorne Huddle, and then the issue hitting this blog several times, leading to the all-too-memorable term "butt fence" to enter the public discourse.
I will believe the improvements when I actually see the improvements.
However, I am looking forward to coining a new term:
The Architectural Feature Formerly Known As The Butt Fence. (TAFFKAT BF)