Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Some Signs of Improvement on Lowry Avenue
Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
Some time ago, these signs popped up along Lowry Avenue as part of its redesign. I never got an explanation as to why, but when they initially appeared, they went only from Theo Wirth on to about Girard or so. Well, today a colleague at Hennepin County informed me that the signs have been posted all the way down Lowry to the bridge. Huzzah!
Down on Broadway we've got these funny-looking signs hanging from the light posts depicting abstract faces and, at best, abstract emotions. While I appreciate the youth involvement in the community that went into the creation of those signs, I don't think they accomplish much. Granted, this is just my own personal opinion, but I really like some of the signs I've seen like this along Central Avenue. One part of the sign on the light post says Central Avenue, and another sign designates which neighborhood you are in. That combination, to me, really gives you a sense of place, as if you're somewhere with a strong and proud identity. I'd love to see something similar along Lowry, with all of the bordering neighborhoods identified and represented.
Now, borrowing from the Irving Inquisition, which manages to be ticked off at one ore more people in every blog post, I've got my own jerks du jour...
...The owners of 3110 Emerson Avenue North. For some reason the city website isn't giving me any information at the time of this post, but even when that was working I couldn't really discern who is responsible for what here. It's either Agape/Oasis of Love, which tried to run a day care center here a long time ago, some firm in downtown Minneapolis, or a Floridian LLC with W Broadway in the name.
As I was walking back to the office, I happened to look inside the place because this caught my eye:
That's the interior of the building, full of standing water after only a mild snowstorm. Imagine what it will be like by the end of the winter, if it's still standing of course. And for the better part of 2010 this property was on the market.
While it was for sale, I also walked by at one time and saw a notice from inspections stating that the structure had been infested with cats. I've seen cats come and go from vacant properties, but that had to have been the only time I've seen it rise to the level where inspections had to deal specifically with feline squatters. The list price at the time - and I can't believe no one scooped up such a great deal - was $450,000, which was down almost 50% from the previous list price of $899,900. I am not making this up.
Now, thanks to neglect and an unrealistic asking price, you'd probably have a tough time giving away this property, which is too bad because Emerson and Lowry has great potential as a commercial node.
Joe Jones, Oasis/Agape, and other LLC owners are NXNS's inaugural Jerks du Jour.