Ever since I announced my "What Should Johnny's Next Blogging Obsession Be" contest, discussion has been taking place and suggestions are being made. I heard one Northside resident was going to take pictures of tornado-damaged houses that should have been fixed long ago, still wearing ghostly aqua-colored wraiths of tattered tarps.
And then there's 3203 Logan Ave. North. Plenty to say about THAT one, but participants in the North Talk Facebook forum are still reeling from yesterday's revelations the elderly owner's son is none other than "White Student Union" founder Thomas David, an incredibly controversial character in 1991, now a twice-divorced convicted felon on parole still reliving glory days when he was (so he claims) the valedictorian of Patrick Henry High School.
And then, to put the cherry atop the flaming flambe of neighborhood controversy, somebody set fire to 3203 Logan Ave. N. a couple nights ago and arson investigators are reportedly looking into it. (The fire was put out quickly, almost as though somebody who cared about the property was right there to call after the fire....hmmmmm...readers can do the freaking math)
In light of all that, once bent up little fence at the Hawthorn (sic) Crossing strip mall may seem a bit anti-climactic. However, as the poet said, "Good fences make good neighbors." On this basis, Hawthorn Crossings hasn't...
...been a good neighbor for quite a while. In fact, it was more than a year ago I wrote about this broken fence and how drug dealers take a short cut through the broken part. After being away for a year in Afghanistan I've come back and plenty of things have changed, but some things haven't changed which SHOULD have changed. Well, this is one of them.
No, don't blame the North Minneapolis tornado. Photographic evidence shows it's just a big, blowy storm of "I don't give a damn" and not the actual weather.
While it almost seems like too small a problem to ultimately win this contest, the broken fence at Hawthorn Crossing may be one of those "perennial also ran" issues that I'll just keep bringing up for years until something happens.
By the way, a few nights ago I bought a pizza at Little Caesar's for my kid and--surprise, surprise--the door to the pizza place at Hawthorn (sic) Crossing required me being "buzzed in" by the cashier.
I thought Hawthorn Crossing was getting better of late. What's up with this whole "security door to guard the pizza" thing? If the area is THAT unsafe, maybe I don't want to go there and buy pizza. Yes, it's just a petty thing and not the kind of stuff I'd normally write about but, hey, I wouldn't be writing about Hawthorn (sic) Crossing at all if it weren't for that BROKEN FENCE.
FIX THAT CRAP!!! Thanks.