July 8, 2008

Cameras Don't Lie

If the associates of the real estate industry took note of the appearance of the approach their clients see on their way to the showing perhaps they would have a different approach to some blog posts and the tell-all photos. Isn’t one of the big buzz words Curb Appeal? Isn’t another the close proximity to public transportation? Renters and Owners get a view like this at least twice a day on many Rogers Park streets.

There are some properties for sale on this street. If a prospective buyer met the real estate agent, they may have driven down this street to their destination. Looks great doesn’t it? How many other streets have stretches of weeds and trash like this? Did the bloggers do it?

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It took neighbors calling the ward office, calling 311, calling IDM management of the Broadmoor properties which includes the vacant Broadmoor East. It may have taken less energy and time had the real estate industry put their share of pressure on the violators to finally get a drive by that looks somewhat less blighted.


Sometimes even bloggers agree to disagree on certain issues – but trash and lack of services, drugs and crime and cronyism isn’t one of them.


Joe said...

What disturbs many of the people I know in the real estate industry is that they work and contribute in a variety of ways to improve their communities, only to see theselves trashed by bloggers who sit back and whine about problems rather than addressing them. Rogers Park has more than its share of whiners.

Get a grip on it. I've been in every corner of Chicago, and can show you scenes like the ones you post in every neighborhood in Chicago.

You could have picked up some of that trash with far less effort than it took to photograph it and post to Flickr and this blog. You might even have felt good about yourself for doing a little good.


Joe Zekas

Toni said...

That's nonsense. We've done it before and it takes longer to pick up half a block of trash than flicking a camera and uploading. I pick up the trash that lazy people dump on my space or that is blown in only. Nearly every morning there's a chip bag or a beverage container or two to pick up and dump in the City can on the way to work.

I don't own a lawnmower, so are you suggesting I clip down the weeds?

Sure many RE industry members contribute via the mother company. None of them are collecting the commissions only right?

Joe said...

I think it's a fair reading of your posts that the trash doesn't really bother you – it's an opportunity for you to complain and feel superior and take cheap, irrelevant shots at real estate people.

If it were just about the trash and the weeds, that's one of the easier problems to solve.

Organize a few of your neighbors. Collect a few bucks and get some used garden tools and some trash bags. Meet some of the kids instead of trash-talking them and hire one for a few bucks to pick up the block on a regular basis. Problem solved, and a kid helped. Next problem.

Have you tried some approaches that might help? It really seems that the trash is a pretext for something else, not a problem you genuinely want to solve.

Bosworth said...

Dear Joe, I for one am sick and tired of picking up chip bags, empty liquor bottles, used condoms, crack pipes, empty cigarette packs, and trash from every fast food outlet in the city from the front of my building. I do this every day, fall, winter, spring and summer. I am simply asking the building landlords to pick up the trash in front of their buildings. They certainly can cash the checks they get from the government every month for their subsidized tenants without problem. Why can't they clean up after them?

Toni said...

Well Joe, a few years ago I did just what you suggested. I offered a cash prize to 'teams' of young kids I always saw on the corners. The 'deal' was to help me and any other neighbors on ward clean up day in the spring.

They were no shows - three were doing business on the corner. It was prime time morning rush.

People are paying rent or mortgages, increased prices for everything, so your 'fair read' is that we need to organize kids and pay them to pick up trash? Some of those liquor bottles just may be adult trash. It's the responsibility of the property owner to maintain a well-kept parkway - In the case of the Broadmoor properties, they have funding to hire security and a management company, then they can meet and pay the kids.

you should know that but its easier to distort it huh?

Joe said...

A couple of weeks ago, in the early morning, I was at the Tower Road boat launch in the Glencoe section of the Skokie Lagoons. Dozens of volunteers had organized themselves to bring their own kayaks and spend the morning pickiing up cans and bottles from the lagoons.

Drive around the country and note th thousands and thousands of "Adopt a Highway" signs where volunteers clean up. And on and on.

People who genuinely care about problems just go out and solve them rather than making excuses and ranting about someone else's failures.

Organize a group of neighbors to clean up on a regular basis. Their recurring presence on the street alone will have a positive impact.

Go ask a local church or youth group or community center to find a kid for you.

If you want to solve this problem, it's easily soluble.

Isaac Marshall said...

joe is a nimrod. he obviously does not see what is going on north of howard. the amount of trash strewn by kids and adults would take a constant army of workers to clean up. i'm not spending an extra dime when taxpayer money is already contributing to the problem.

this is not glencoe, and change does not ahppen the way you think it will.