Photo by daviss on Twitter, used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog post by John Hoff
Somebody took a picture of a dramatically "all marked up" house in North Minneapolis and posted it to Twitter. Somebody else posted the pic to North Talk Facebook page and asked, "Just curious, does anybody know where this is?" A rollicking discussion ensued about the house, why it was marked up like that, who owned it, (Neighborhood Housing Service Minneapolis, Inc) and from there it became a discussion about the role of nonprofits in North Minneapolis housing market issues.
The house is at 1406 Girard Ave. N.
Why is it all painted up like that? Is it not OBVIOUS that 100-year-old houses have lead paint, that house and houses all around it? Why would anybody deliberately create this eyesore?
Near as anybody can figure...
Because some well-meaning, well-intentioned people acted in a way that just wasn't that bright. One participant in the Northtalk forum made a 311 report and posted the incident number so it could be tracked.
Heck of a thing, when you have to report the actions of the city to the city.
The bigger issue is the nonprofits. Are they helping our neighborhood? Or are they stuck in a way of thinking that has begun to hurt our neighborhood? Exhibit A, photo above, and WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?