Post and photo by the Hawthorne Hawkman, sign made by Jordan neighbor Deb Wagner.
At today's City Council meeting, another Khan property was unanimously voted into a landfill. 2639 Oliver Avenue North got the heave-ho, thanks in large part to dedicated Jordan residents who compiled video and photographic evidence of just how damaging a force Mahmood Khan is to north Minneapolis. Even though the agenda item was not up for public discussion, three of us sat through the meeting holding homemade signs reminding the Council how much this property needs to come down and how much we need strong action against slumlords like Khan.
In a poetic twist, many of the signs were papered-over "We Buy Houses" sign spam. Just like Khan is known for placing used carpeting in his rentals, we reused items that should have been thrown away a long time ago.
I hope our northside CMs realized that as staunch of an advocate for preservation as I am, if a house inspired me to take time off of work to go downtown and lobby for demolition, then this place must really need it. That being said, Khan has been fighting the demolition at 2222 4th St N for several years now, so who can say when the Oliver property will meet the backhoe of doom?