Monday, July 27, 2009

On W. 11th Street

9 comments:

CorrND said...

Holdouts when Clarian tried to buy up everything north of 11th St. They wanted more, instead they got nothing. Unless you count the elevated train running through their front yard.

Most aren't aware that there's a public/metered parking lot just to the right of these two houses. There are ALWAYS spaces available there, even when all the 11th St. spaces are packed.

mheidelberger said...

Ooops, that backfired...I wonder how the people mover affects their current property value? ;)

CorrND said...

I'd guess that their property was worth near nothing due to the proximity to the expressway. Then Clarian decided to expand into the area and the owners thought they could cash in. They overplayed their hand and now I bet their property is worth even less than before.

I wonder if that land might work for student housing. Students probably wouldn't be too turned off by proximity to the expressway and the People Mover is public access by law so they could use that to get to campus.

I don't mean to be callous to the people who live in those houses, but let's be honest -- those houses won't be there in 20 years.

cdc guy said...

Don't know if it's greed. There's a cultural factor with African-American homeowners (especially first-generation owners who came north in the great migration) that us Caucasians don't "get". Such folks still have a bit of a rural "family homestead" mentality.

AmericanDirt said...

This is across from Buggs Temple, right? It does seem unlikely that these homes will ever get a new life from curious yuppie gentrifiers--what little chance they had for that was eliminated when they built the Peoplemover. My hope is the current owners can stay there as long as possible, and if there ever is a buyout, they might profit handsomely.

What do you all think is the future of the smattering of homes in the Babe Denny neighborhood. Will they be engulfed by Lilly or transformed into a viable urban neighborhood like Chatham Arch? Or neither of the above?

thundermutt said...

I think they should go away and the area should be much more densely developed. I can't think of a real historical preservation imperative in Babe Denny that isn't already served in Chatham Arch and Cottage Home.

ps. Lilly isn't the "threat" anyway. It's other existing industrial/commercial development like the industrial gas operation.

spiderweb1977 said...

Its interesting..that house has siding falling off and seems to badly need a new roof, but the grass is nicely mowed, new mail box, 2 newer front doors and a new retaining wall/plant area in front of the home. Usually this type of house has grass and weeds 6 feet high. There might be some kind of renovation in process despite the train in the front yard.

CorrND said...

spider -- you'd think there was a renovation in process. Unfortunately, that house has been stuck mid-renovation for over a year, possibly more. Very strange.

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps these people invested a lot of their heart and soul into their house and just wanted to continue living there, since that is precisely the reason the people in the house on the left did not sell.

So no CorrND, this was not a money grab. Maybe you should actually know something about the people living there before you make comment or judgment. Also the people in the house on the left are not African American.