Mohamad Amro, who earned lasting fame on this blog as "Mr. Slummy" and inadvertently helped to launch the independent blogging career of the Hawthorne Hawkman, hasn't been written about for a while. In order to create a decent one-post interval between Part Thirty-Six and Thirty-Seven of the Madness of Jill Clark, it's about time for an update about the slow, painful collapse of what once promised to be a sprawling empire of slum...
Pictured above is 2519 3rd St. N., which has been foreclosed upon by Siwak's Lumber for unpaid bills by Amro. Incidentally, Siwak's appears to have done precisely what housing policy geek Jeff Skrenes (the aforementioned Hawthorne Hawkman) suggested; foreclose on 2519 3rd St. N. but only file a mechanic's lien on 2515 3rd St. N., the "big hole to China" building which is in such poor condition nobody should want to be the owner. However, if there's an insurance payout or an attempted sale by Amro, Siwek's can still get their demo fee. If Siwek's owned the building outright, however, they might be on the hook for the demo fee; kind of like the "Uncle Lennie" fiasco, click here.
Though Siwak's has done a good job keeping the grass cut at their property (formerly owned by Amro) this garage could use some repairs. HELLO, you're a lumber company. Obviously you have the materials to do the job.
Amro's empire, once full of frantic movement, now sits at a standstill. The fate of these two buildings appears up in the air. The house at 2519 may yet see a happy ending, but 2515 appears all but doomed. Since Siwak lumber has a mechanic's lien, it may be that one glorious day 2519 has a big yard which used to have a house.
The moral of the story? We ain't partial to slumlord's 'round these parts. Slumlords? Don't even bother looking for property in North Minneapolis. You will end up like Mohammed Amro.