5/17/2007

(re)Boarding Control - The Sequel, Part II

While out mowing lawns on Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to check out Rev. Stenhouse's place at 121 Woodlawn Avenue. First noticed problems at 121 back in February 2006 and took these pix.
February 2006
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if the first broken window in a building is not repaired, then people who like breaking windows will assume that no one cares about the building and more windows will be broken. Soon the building will have no windows...
- James Q. Wilson "Broken Windows"
fixBuffalo readers will remember this series - Boarding Control, Part II and Part III - and this recent post about the persistent problems with Rev. Stenhouse's failure to properly secure four houses along Michigan Avenue - right here - directly across the street from his church, Bethel A.M.E.

Well on Sunday 121 Woodlawn Avenue was wide open...
May 2007
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121 Woodlawn - Buffalo, NY 121 Woodlawn - Buffalo, NY
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If you are so inclined you may leave a message for Rev. Stenhouse at the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority's office, 716.853.0907 - he's the Secretary/Treasurer of Buffalo's Control Board.

What's so amazing about these continuing developments is that Bethel CDC remains the largest single owner of blighted and neglected residential property in the area immediately surrounding the future home of Performing Arts HS, right across the street.

No Housing Court for Rev. Stenhouse, not even an open inspection file for any of these properties.

So it goes...
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8 comments:

STEEL said...

The house is obviously in good condition too. What is the purpose for the neglect? Why does the city allow it?

This kind of thing is nothing less than an attack upon the people of the city of Buffalo

fix buffalo said...

An attack? You gotta be kidding...

STEEL said...

Why not? It certainly does harm to the people of the city.

MJ said...

Tell the Rev. to sell it to me for $1. Along with the lot next door I like it...

Anonymous said...

Future landbanking location, just like everyone is calling for. Let it go.

fix buffalo said...

Anon...

Slightly confused. Are you suggesting that Rev. Stenhouse should not take responsibility for this mess ?

Let me know...

Anonymous said...

Actually this is a really nice house with loads of potential. The electric blue must go tho. YUK! Its very sad that Rev. Stinkhole does this and also that he is allowed to. It should be sold for a dollar to someone who can see the potential and has a few bucks to do a few things. Overall it doesnt look too bad. Are Rev Stinkhole and Mayor Bozo sleeping together? Thats the only way he'd get away with this. Maybe they got married in New jersey?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a news conference in front of the building with local media would emberass the Rev. and Mayor Brown and where the hell is the councilman on this?? AH yes..not an election year? SHOWS that things in the city have not changed, those in "impotent" positions get to snub the laws as do other "elitists". The Rev should be removed from his position on the board as those "leaders" should be held to higher bar!! AGAIN the leadership smacks of cronyism! Buffalo.. same 'ol same 'ol