Thursday, June 10, 2010
Suddenly, Activity At "The House That (Almost) Made Me Barf"
Photos and blog post by John Hoff
The big white house at 722 23rd Ave. N. has been vacant for several years, not counting squatters. This house achieved an extraordinarily minor degree of blog notoriety as the "House That (Almost) Made Me Barf," though I didn't actually list its address at the time I wrote that blog post.
A few days ago, workers showed up at the house...
...and I thought, "Oh, how exciting. Desperate looking, almost certainly low-paid workers with a grossly overloaded Chevy pick-up, cleaning out the interior. Could this be an early indication of who owns the house, and who is going to move into that house and how many times neighbors will need to call 911, 311 and their city council person? Yes, probably. Well, may as well get started early."
I called up the city and it turns out the owner has a permit to remodel. Sigh. Well, on the bright side...this house will probably get some better nickname in the very near future. I just hope it's a nice nickname, not something like "The House Of The Naked Screaming Crackhead." There is an opportunity to observe, to report, and to influence. I hope to get some nice neighbors.
But I'm going to do everything I can to make SURE I get some nice neighbors.