Monday, October 5, 2009

Unmourned, Unloved And Almost Unremarked, 2316 4th St. N. Goes Down...

Stock Photo By John Hoff, Backhoe Of Doom 
Not An Actual Photo Of The 2316 Demolition

This blog tries to mark the passing of buildings in NoMi during this incredible, rapid period of revitalization. Our neighborhood is being drastically remade, with buildings that stood a 100 years going down like dominoes.

One of those buildings was 2316 4th St. N. Here's how a resident described the situation on September 23...

"I saw the backhoes knocking down 2316 4th St. N. this morning. That was the little, dumpy green duplex on the corner of 4th St. N. and 24th Ave. N."

The resident was unable to get a photo of the building before it went down or even during the demolition. But he kindly forwarded me a Google maps screen shot as part of an msword document, click here for the document with an image of 2316 4th St. N.


1915bung said...

Many, many, many of these homes can be saved and transformed into viable residential properties in our community.

We have to start distinguishing between to run down condition of the homes and the actions of the owners who are responsible to maintain them and be contributing partners in our communities. By destroying the structures we are profoundly changing the character of our neighborhoods.

If the City/County/State would enforce the Public Nuisance Laws against the land owners, we could retain these structures for reinvestment in our residential areas by owner occupants that would contribute to the community and get rid of the outside elements that are turning the community into a human waste dump.

Without this type of action, the vacant lots and out of place infill that replaces these homes will continue to drive down real estate values and attract slum lords.

Anonymous said...

The house that I live in, is an out of place infill. It is not driving property values at all. It is actually driving up values, because of our efforts in the neighborhood and our hardwork we have done on the property.

I have seen how other neighbors have started following suit in keeping up their property.

I would rather have these buildings leveled than have someone buy this up and do a piss poor job of "rehabing" it.

Saying that, I have seen a number of old homes rehab nicely, but this is the exception not the rule.

What the city can make a property owner do is very limited. All the property has to do is meet code, and this does not always mean make the property pretty.