Photo was posted by Deb Wagner to North Talk FB page, blog post by John Hoff
Word on the North Talk FB page is the City Council Regulatory Services Committee refused to grant Mahmood Khan's appeal to reverse the demolition order on 2639 Oliver Ave. N., pictured above.
This could have been a viable fixer-upper if it hadn't fallen into the hands of slumlord Mahmood Khan.
Commenting on North Talk, Deb Wagner wrote:
"It is a crime that he continues to acquire properties leaving all of this blight in his wake. When old house advocates look at this and say why is the city demoing? It is because of the negligence of this slumlord who let this building sit open to the elements for over a year. It is literally rotting out from the inside and is full of mold. It should be a crime for any property owner to let their buildings deteriorate like this especially if they are investors and it is their business."
Why Republish North Talk Info Here?
Info that appears on North Talk, a FB page, is not found by Google. It is the intention of this blog to create a public and searchable record. For example, I have "tagged" this post with "2639 Oliver Ave. N." to help search engines, and also "Mahmood Khan."
So while it's not very creative to simply obtain info from North Talk and publish it here, I believe it serves a useful social function. The audience that needs to know about Mahmood Khan's trashing of our neighborhood is bigger than the participants in North Talk. And as that property becomes a vacant lot and hopefully passes out of Khan's hands, ultimately the property will improve and anybody searching for info about that address will easily find the "OMG BEFORE" history of 2639 Oliver Ave. N.
But in regard to North Talk, I was skeptical at first that a FB page could be as useful as blogging and not happy that Jeff Skrenes, a prolific blogger, was putting so much time into being a forum administrator at North Talk. But my skepticism has been overcome. That page, as well as I Am North Minneapolis, are like "private blogs" serving a very specific audience and are a sign of how intensely our neighborhood is committed to improving itself.