Wednesday, January 13, 2010
More Unwelcome Signs
Guest post and photo by the Hawthorne Hawkman
Last night I dropped John off in Alexandria for one of his trucking gigs, and while we were on our way out of the neighborhood, we saw this for rent sign in a place where it shouldn't be. It was at an address I knew off the top of my head, even though the lot was now vacant. The sign was at none other than...
...the former site of "The Blue Tarp House." (Hawkman note: The JNS post this links to actually gets the address wrong. It's 2957 Lyndale Ave N, not 2955 as John wrote.) This property stood for a long time as a sort of negative gateway to our community as people crossed Lowry on Lyndale. It bothered the heck out of me and so many other residents to see such an eyesore just as one was entering Hawthorne, and we were happy to see it go.
I called 311 and confirmed with them on both the city's website and the county's website that this was still tax-forfeited land. The links show that now, but if ownership does change, the links may bring you to different information. Well, we could have waited for the city to come around and remove the illegally-placed sign, or we could act under the spirit of the "Adopt a vacant property" request that the city has asked residents to follow. As you can see, John opted for the latter.
So today I called the number on the sign, and a machine answered as Kaizen Property Solutions. I informed them that I was the Housing Director of Hawthorne, that a sign with their number appeared to be improperly placed on county land, and it had been removed. If they recently purchased the land and our data wasn't recent, then I'd gladly return their sign upon proof of that. Otherwise, by Friday it will be in the garbage.