Monday, October 12, 2009
Photographic Tour of Mahmood Khan's Properties
Guest post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
I spent much of the day visiting each of the properties listed below (minus 2222 4th St N, 2135 4th St N, and 1607 Hillside, since they have been covered on this blog before). What I saw was frankly appalling. Aside from a condominium where Khan is likely not responsible for maintenance, there was exactly one property - 2714 Emerson Ave N - that impressed me. And this property is occupied, but apparently not by Khan and there is no rental license.
Before we get started, I have two disclaimers: First, I can't say with certainty if Khan has actively made ugly, slummy repairs or if he just happens to buy such properties without bothering to make them nicer. Second, there were some properties where things didn't look that bad compared to his others. But my goal here was to point out the slummy properties, not the mediocre-at-best ones. (Frankly even those properties were among the worst-looking on the block.)
And here we...go!
Our first stop is in...
...Nordeast, just to show that Khan can be slummy wherever he owns properties, not just in NoMi. 315 Buchanan St NE offers such amenities as doors covered in layers of dirt, windows that are mismatched or in disrepair, (both of these are recurring Mahmood Khan architectural signatures), balconies where SOMETHING doesn't seem right, and an outdoor ashtray commandeered from Pizza Hut:
Next up, we have 1001 Logan Ave N. This one has a Khan door, is pockmarked with broken windows, it is open to trespass, and as an added bonus the fascia doesn't match (also, this is the first time I've seen what look like city boards used in this manner). Furthermore, up in the second floor window is what looks like the work permits that are normally posted on the door or first floor windows. Now why would those work permits be where nobody could read--you know what? I think I've got this one figured out.
Now let's hop over just a bit to 1204 Knox. This is an older house that looks like it has some character. In the caring hands of a preservationist, this gem could be restored. In Khan's hands, well, the pictures speak for themselves. The porch is in need of...everything, I guess, once again windows are an issue, and ladies and gentlemen, I direct your attention to the first time we see what is perhaps the most unique characteristic of Mahmood Khan properties: mismatched siding.
The previous post pointed out the Sharpie house numbers in triplicate, so there's no need to show that picture again. But 2116 25th Ave N also has a front porch with a lot going on:
At 1604 27th Ave N, you might see yet another characteristic of the species landlordian slumine: the open garage packed with junk. We also have yet another sighting of multiple siding types.
At 2631 Newton Ave N, one is reminded of the Highlights for Kids magazines. How many different kinds of siding can you find in this picture? (Answer: Three) Will it be the last time we see three kinds of siding on one house? Oh, the suspense!
It should come as no surprise that my FAVORITE house on this tour happens to be in the Hawthorne neighborhood, at 2906 Emerson Ave N. I call it the Neapolitan House. I'll just let that name speak for itself as you view the pictures.
By the time I got to 2813 Aldrich Ave N, I was having trouble holding my camera straight. I was getting lightheaded from the slumminess:
And our last slummy property (but not the last one we'll see) is at 3414 Emerson Ave N. It contains fascia issues and admittedly a letdown with only two types of siding. Did I mention broken and missing windows? I'm sorry, this is all getting rather difficult to keep track of.
Our last stop is at 1800 LaSalle Avenue, #104. This is a condominium, so let's see what a property looks like when it's owned by Mahmood Khan but he's not responsible for the upkeep.
Hey, can we get some of that in OUR neighborhood?