Friday, September 3, 2010

A Harbinger Of Changes To Come? Water Shut Off At 2219 Bryant Ave. N.

Photo and blog post by John Hoff

The house at 2219 Bryant Ave. N., which is near my own house, has been vacant since I arrived a couple years ago. Nothing ever happens there except...

1.) Sometimes the yard needs mowing, but apparently one of the neighbors takes care of this task in a spirit of selfless service. Rarely does anybody need to call 311.

2.) The stupid phone book companies drop off stupid phone books, which is stupid but it gives me a great project to complete with my son during visitation, click here.

Week after week, month after month, and (apparently) year after year, nothing changed at the house. But then one day a few weeks ago, a water shut-off notice appeared. First of all...

...I am surprised to learn water was turned on at the house in the first place. Like, you mean this house has been vacant for a couple years, but somebody has been dutifully paying the water bill this whole time? Who? Why? Looking up the property on the city website reveals it is owned by a Conie Lawler, who doesn't appear to own anything else, certainly not some large slumlord empire.

Seeing the water shut-off notice makes me hope this property will move forward...that it may hit the market, and become occupied by a nice family who will make good neighbors. Or perhaps some slumlord will buy it, and I will make a point, constantly, of publicly shaming the slumlord in every small action taken toward the house. We shall see.

My neighborhood is in the midst of a great transition, which is composed of numerous small changes at thousands of individual properties. Neighbors notice these small changes; they talk and speculate. But what is currently happening to this house, to that house is a stream of information too microscopic for the mainstream media.

Yet when it comes to the network of blogs in North Minneapolis dedicated to revitalization, we watch, we call, WE CARE and we share information.

7 comments:

The Hawthorne Hawkman said...

Of course, we don't KNOW if Conie Lawler has any other properties in Minneapolis because we can't search ownership records using a name as a search criteria.

Patrick said...

I wish the city of Minneapolis would get there act together on this. We should be able to pull the owner name and past W2's by property address so we as a neighborhood can dedtermine if they are solvent enough to hold property in our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

"can't search ownership records using a name as a search criteria"

No, but we can Google around a bit and find out some things about the owner, and possibly discover whether Ms. Lawler has other properties and why this one has been vacant for so long.

For example, I just turned up a .pdf doc that shows back taxes on the property and also lists Juan Lopez as a billpayer as well. I could do this kind of stuff all day.....

Anonymous said...

Foreclosure sale June 09.

Dr. George Young operated an AM radio station from this home beginning in 1923. The station went through many incarnations, later in different locations, and eventually became KFAN radio, now operated in St. Louis Park by Clear Channel Communications.

Johnny Northside said...

Patrick...

Your "faux revitalization" voice is thin to the point of being threadbare. Right, pull their W2's. For stupid.

And when you say "our neighborhood" do you mean your affluent suburb?

Johnny Northside said...

Regarding the origins of KFAN being in this house...

Can you point me to any source that documents this?

Anonymous said...

Voila: a source!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFAN_(AM)

I know Wikipedia has a somewhat questionable reputation, but it's hard to imagine anyone making this up.

There's also a Facebook page, but it seems to use the Wikipedia article as its source.