Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Seven Shootings In Seven Hours: Finally, Somebody Gets EVICTED!

Photo and blog post by John Hoff

Riddle me this: which is easier, living near thug neighbors like the no accounts at 2651 Newton Ave. N., or eating a small plate full of fried crickets?

Personally, I don't care for the flavor of crickets when compared to other edible insects, like silkworm pupae, ant larvae, or (my personal favorite) bamboo caterpillars. While the characteristic which distinguishes most so-called "edible" bugs from bugs considered non-edible is the lack of notable flavor in an "edible" insect, crickets are outside the edible bug norm because they actually have quite a bit of flavor. And that flavor is something like the smell of wet laundry.

Consider this: Suppose you lived near one of the houses involved in the notorious "seven shootings in seven hours" fiasco which happened recently in North Minneapolis? Further, let us suppose that after the shootings there were no accounts constantly gathering at one of the houses (specifically 2651 Newton Ave. N.) sitting on the lawn drinking, flagging down passing vehicles for dubious transactions, having loud and scary arguments in the street, "boom cars" hanging around at all hours of the night.

Now, suppose all you needed to do for the thugs to go away was eat a small plate of crickets...

Would you do it? Would you chow down on the crickets? Keep in mind, one of those stray bullets could hit your house, your child, your pet, or (if you're lucky) your VHS copy of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, (1991) which recently happened to a senior citizen living near the family of Anthony "Phat Phat" Titus.

Those crickets are looking more yummy every moment, aren't they?

But there's some good news for neighbors on Newton: the landlord who owns 2651 Newton Ave. N. reports he was already in the process of evicting the tenants at that address because they'd threatened him. The eviction process was said to be well underway at the time of the shooting incident. A "writ of restitution" has already been served on the tenants, and the date has passed for the tenants to leave. So, at this point, everybody is just waiting for the sheriff's department to show up and escort these thugs off the premises, and good riddance.

The landlord of 2651 Newton Ave. N. was very apologetic and cooperative with one Northside neighbor who called him about the issue, and said he owns six other rental properties in the same area--that he lives here on the Northside--and he's dealing with his own landlord headache next door to his own property.


Anonymous said...

Good for him. It would be better if the state of Minnesota was more landlord friendly when it comes to making evicitons quick and easy. Often it can take 3-4 weeks to get the no accounts out.

NoMi Passenger said...

Anon 202pm is right - the eviction process, and general landlord/tenant laws and court atmosphere here in MN is soooooooo lenient towards the tenant that it actually makes for some unhealthy rental markets, which we have here in NoMi, at least in my opinion.