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I buy houses – cash – quick closing

Last week I was out collecting the trash cans after they had been emptied. I was bending down to get one that was sitting in front of a utility pole when I noticed this sign hanging up there. It mad me so mad I ripped it down without thinking about it for a second.

Since then I’ve been trying to remember why that sign made me so mad. Well for one thing if I want to sell a house I’m going to get the best price I can get for it. This guy is looking for bargains and it’s not going to be me. Then again he isn’t looking to live in the house he buys. He is looking to invest in it which means he wants to make a profit off me and my neighborhood rather than make a contribution to it. And again the sign is ugly and I don’t want it on my block. Now that I think about it, I think I did the right thing. Any comments are welcome.
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How do I explain this

A not uncommon sight but still worth stopping to watch is the trucker explaining to the police officer how he plans to get out of this mess. He was too high to continue under the El so he turned onto Wakeling and blocked the hospital entrance. He had nowhere to go since Wakeling is one way at the end of that little stretch and he was too long to make a turn onto Griscom. I didn’t stay to see how it was resolved.

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Vinyl Siding

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Flickr which is the Yahoo service for sharing photographs. There are, of course, a lot of pictures there but I searched for Frankford and found a very good photographer who had posted quite a few of our neighborhood. He had one of my favorite buildings which is at the corner of Penn and Wakeling. It had fallen on what might be kindly called “hard times”. Since the photographer had taken his picture the building had been undergoing renovation and this is a picture of it (twin on the right) as of last week.

Whenever you see old buildings being brought back to life you feel a glimmer of hope. What the owner does with it of course will determine whether it is a blight on the community or another milestone on our way upward. My gripe is the vinyl siding. But thanks for rebuilding the porch.

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15th District PDAC Meeting

From the Northeast Times:

PDAC vice president Nancy Doerr announced that 200 youths have been brought to the 15th Police District curfew center at Frankford Group Ministry, 4620 Griscom St., since it opened on April 26.
Police bring curfew violators to the center, where they are evaluated by a social worker and parents are called to pick the offenders up.
Doerr also announced that the center, which has been open Thursdays through Sundays from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., won’t be open seven days a week in July as originally hoped.
According to Doerr, the center is operating with only seven active volunteers and they are not equipped. She called for PDAC members to step up and volunteer.

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