Sunday, August 18, 2013
Gentrification can only go so far
All it takes is one rotten property to bring down an area. Case in point: The house on the right. Among the restored buildings and not-too-out-of-character new one next door, 510 Lafayette Ave sticks out like a sore thumb.
Ah, rodents. Let's see what else is going on here.
In 2007, an illegal SRO was found inside. A later complaint called it a "rehab center". One of those halfway houses that the city authorized, then shut down, perhaps.
Then there was a complaint of termites.
Then work without a permit in 2008 followed by a shaky building.
In 2009, an illegal SRO was found inside yet again. Also, exposed electrical wiring.
Then in 2010, squatters moved in though it was boarded up and this went on for at least a year.
Total violations: $66,450