6/10/2007

Red Mark of Death...

I've described the "hollowing-out" of the City's East side in various ways and have documented parts of the near East side photographically. MJ's recent aerial shot clearly shows the density difference between both sides of Main Street.
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On Saturday I noticed that three more houses on my block - Woodlawn, between Michigan and Masten Avenues - were visted by the red mark of death this past week. When these come down, ten houses will remain on the block. Five are occupied.
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According to this photograph - Offermann Stadium, c. 1956 - there used to be 25 houses on my block. Some of these were 4 unit houses! Three of the remaining occupied houses are two family dwellings. Today not a single double is occupied as in upstairs and downstairs by two sets of tenants. In all cases only one of the units is occupied.

When I moved here there were 18 houses and that was 11 years ago. In a few weeks there will be 10 houses on the block...directly across the street from the newly renovated Performing Arts HS.

So it goes...
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5 comments:

MJ said...

Seen the inside of these yet? Are they that far gone?

Do you know if this is a push to clear out around the new school? Whay is it that these are close to comming down yet that burned out one still stands near by (tale of two cities)?

STEEL said...

It is odd that these would be marked when they seem in decent condition while others nearby are rotting.

fix buffalo said...

If this was a push to clean up around the schools...you've answered your own question about the burn-outs that are still sprinkled around.

109 is still in remarkable shape. I remember the new roof here about 6 years ago. One small eve problem and the rest is very good. Here's the post from March.

Keith said...

I always wanted to know--what happens to the vacant lots? If you stay on a block long enough and they knock down all the other houses, do you inherit a big yard?

fix buffalo said...

Keith...

I mow too many already. Wish they were contiguous...

Had an opportunity to walk home this evening from downtown, up Ellicott over Riley and Michigan. Waist high grass along some sidewalks...the urban prairie is larger this summer than it was last...