June 8, 2008

Ashland Yellers

Once upon a time the previous owners were the toast of the town for rehabbing this building. Apparently the mortgage crunch had its effect and the place went into foreclosure. On walk earlier in the spring, I noticed the chain had been removed and the gate was wide open. The front door was also wide open and the foyer looked like a storage space.


A virtual lookup shows the condo building was purchased and the same owner is listed for all 3-4 condos (including garden unit) which are now rental. The only problem is that Mr. ION DUMITRESCU, who does not live in the building, may have chosen some high traffic, high maintenance tenants.

Look closely at the white circle in the third flood window. It’s a hole in the screen – large enough to stick ones head through and that’s exactly what it’s used for. Apparently, as one witness to the event stated, the woman on the third floor was wrestling with the screen that wouldn’t lift. Frustrated at the screen, she just rammed her head through it so she could call her kids home from the park. She still does.


The yellers in this neighborhood are overwhelming. How long would this be permitted say on Jarvis or Fargo?


The North Coast said...

This a beautiful building, in a pocket full of places that could be really great places to live.

These owners price the condos at absurd "wishing" prices, then fall back on Section 8 to make their money for them when the places predictably don't sell.

Time to make these landlords start working for a living and pull their welfare.

We are going to have to have a lot of meetings like the one on Lunt this Thursday.

Toni said...

I don't forsee any meetings like the one on Lunt happening North of Howard any time soon-unfortunately.

Such a meeting will not happen unless people like our neighbors on Lunt start making demands and stop worrying about walking on eggshells.

Joe needs to call a slumlord summit and really "champion change" instead of resting on the work done so far. There's a long way to go. The social service agencies need to be challenged to report their progress in job training and placement, education, parenting and quality of life issues. As it is, their main focus seems to be on grabbing more subsidized housing in this area.

Sure, the economy is terrible but the cars still cruise the streets at $4.59/gallon for premium, the expensive, illegal fireworks are being set off as I type, and Round The Clock is thriving and the taxpayers are paying for the trash pick up and other damages. Yet some of our neighbors insist that life is hard, unfair, and cruel. Yes it is, but soap isn't that expensive and plastic grocery bags can be used for trash. God knows there are enough of them blowing around here or clogging up the sewers!

These are symptoms of more than just the pitiful economy.

The North Coast said...

I'm very upset about what's happening in that bldg on Lunt and I fear more dominoes will fall if we don't exert a lot of ongoing pressure.

There is a very endangered building in the 1400 block of W. Farwell, a formerly fine rental, that will be the next. It's suddenly filled up with really questionable people, and all the good work that's been done cleaning up Farwell and rehabbing buildings as condos could be undone by this one mistreated building. That's getting to be a fearsome block.

Moore doesn't care a rat's ass about the quality of the nabe and he has total contempt for his constituents. The last election proved he doesn't need to care. Note that only a relative handful of voters turned out. I thought, there are way more homeowners than that, there are way more stable citizens concerned with their neighborhood than that; why aren't they coming out to vote? Where are the people who've bought all the condos up here?

A problem is that many politically involved people focus on national politics while totally ignoring their local scene. My mother doesn't remember her mayor's name, and neither do most of her neighbors. Yet local politicians have much more power in matters that impact our daily lives than national politicians do, and it's much easier for citizens to influence events at this level than on the national scene.