JNS blog notes: The photos depicted in a previous version of this blog post were not loading in some browsers, a technical matter caused by a non-standard way I loaded the photos into the blog post by copying and pasting an entire email. So I have reproduced the blog post, (with no stock photo at the top, just one of the contributed photos) and I will be putting the comments at the end.
Thanks to readers for alerting me to this technical issue and take a good look at the pictures of this jacked up Proton Investments, Inc. property, I worked hard to bring them to you.
A trend of public outcry against jacked up buildings appears to be taking place lately in North Minneapolis, with participants in the North Talk Facebook page publishing photos of property gripes as small as, for example, an old tire being used as a barrier around a rose bush. Increasingly less afraid of threats or retaliation, residents are making these complaints openly and in their own names.
This is a very notable trend that bodes well for the continuing turnaround of North Minneapolis, long though the struggle may be ahead of us. Recently, one resident went so far as to forward her complaints to this blog as a kind of "more effective recourse" than 311.
Here is her complaint, as follows...
I filed a complaint via 311 on 2715 Russell Ave N. Please see the attached pictures. The mess in the yard has finally reached the point where I felt the City would take notice; unfortunately I could find no link on the report page where I could attach photos, so I am sending them to you instead.
The neglected condition of the home is also evident in the close-up photo of the back stoop area (busted window held up by a wooden block, also what appears to be bend and broken horizontal blinds in the same window, dented awning over the filthy back door, and sketchy-looking wiring on either side of the door entering the basement windows.
The yard, while there is some leaf litter, is strewn with small wrappers of garbage, cans and piles of broken toys. The mess is also creeping over the fence, like the child's gate and other clothing, into the back alley where full garbage cans are left open (cans not in photos). You can see the clothing is also draped on the front fence facing Russell.
This property is allegedly managed by an investment/rental company, yet there is no indication anyone is keeping up the place or instituting any sort of rule regarding yard cleanliness. Many homeowners on both Sheridan and Russell are putting a lot of effort into keeping their yards presentable. No one here has unreasonable expectations--yard projects take time to install when working on your own time and dime, and not everyone has the budget or means to do much more than keep the grass controlled and pull the Cheetos bags out of the bushes--but properties like this one are an eyesore that can be prevented with the smallest modicum of responsibility and oversight by the landlord.
Please print whatever you are interested in, including my name. (Boldface emphasis by Johnny Northside)
If Proton has questions, they can call me and explain why they feel this squalor is an acceptable living situation for an obviously revitalizing area in North Minneapolis.
(JNS blog notes: "Proton" refers to Pronton Investments, Inc.)