Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The City That Works?

Over a year and counting since reporting on these houses to the City commenced. The home on the left, 4403 Norledge, is vacant, owned by an out of town landlord and always looks like this. The "home" on the right, 4401 Norledge, burned over a year ago and nothing has happened since. Yes, they have been reported via 311 repeatedly.
The burned out house sits open to the elements, the evil doers and the creepy crawly things. Not even boarded up.
And what happens when this kind of blight is allowed to fester? See below. Multiple for sale signs. Who wants to live right across the street from this crap? Only problem for the folks trying to escape is potential buyers can also see this. Many great, energetic families in Indian Mound are just hanging on by their fingernails hoping things get better. The above pictures seem to say the answer is no.
Above, Norledge and Kensington the west side.


  1. didn't the city used to have a post-burn board-up crew? i saw it with my own eyes, and it used to happen immediately. maybe it was CAN things or some other designated department that no longer receives funding?

  2. You are so right about the negligence of people and this City. Thank you for bringing this to people's attention. The housing stock is in bad shape in this neighborhood. Whole blocks should be returned to green space like they are doing in Detroit.

  3. That's terrible! I'll come over with clippers and help you cut it down.

  4. It takes 3 blog posts over a period of 1 year to get this done. Remember the pothole.

  5. Isn't it interesting that this type of thing is NEVER highlighted in the promotional videos for the city...EVERYTHING west of I71 is sweet peaches and cream, but GOD forbid we pay attention to what's east of that racial boundary. Don't care who's administration is in office, the city will not truly shine until this kinda crap is dealt with. Racism ignorance and short sightedness are rampant regardless of campaign promises. Don't get me started....