In the last post about Judge Hallbrooks' ruling on this property, an anonymous commenter asked for photos to show whether this property was adequately rehabbed. In my opinion, the answer is no it has not. I also hope that its current condition will still eventually allow the structure to be demolished. Based on what the city staff report said about the poor quality of the interior, and the photos below, I would hope that we have higher standards for what is acceptable housing stock in the city of Minneapolis. The prospect of widespread condemned housing being brought back to use is far from appealing if they look like 2222 4th St N by the time the owner is done.
Let's take a look, first at the windows...
|These are the windows at the front of the house. This won't be the last time we see plywood used to close off a space either.|
|Note the former window at the upper left on the side of the house. Is closing off a window entirely with plywood better or worse? I can't decide.|
|We have another plywood window opening, and the total of different types of windows is up to four.|
|What the hell, Mahmood? I mean really. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?|
Here's something else that seems amiss. Think back to the first criteria that the city of Minneapolis uses to define a nuisance house, the same criteria quoted by the judge. I'll help out here: "(1) the doors, windows, and other openings are boarded up." Take another look at the photo above. Yep, three openings covered by boards.
But at least the garage should be looking pretty good. It's smaller, has only four intersecting surfaces, and probably no windows. So it's spiffed up nice and fancy, like you'd expect.
|(*Sigh*) Exactly what we expected from Khan, I suppose.|