#153 – Bringing Down The House

Photo taken: February 20, 2009

My old neighborhood has been in the process of dying for decades.  Property values have cratered, and when houses go vacant on my old block, this is what eventually ends up happening to them.  This is the house next door to where I grew up (and still lived at for a couple more months at the time) in the process of being bulldozed by a city crew.  This is just one of a handful of pictures I took of the whole event that I presented here three years ago along with the very interesting tale about the last family to live in that house.  Nine years later, the land is still vacant and couldn’t even be sold off for a song.  Nobody wants to live across the street from a major chemical plant anymore…

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21 Responses to #153 – Bringing Down The House

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I like this photo. The steps to nowhere are poignant.

  2. No doubt being across the street from a factory was not an altogether great experience/atmosphere but it’s still sad to see houses bashed into oblivion even if they “deserved” it. We never lived anywhere long enough (Dad in Air Force) for me to have a “family home”. Roots – that’s what I never had until I was an adult. Now that I have them, I’m leaving them right here where they are comfortable!

    Pam

  3. noelleg44 says:

    So sad… we returned a while back to the lovely neighborhood of triplexes where we rented when we lived in Costa Mesa, CA. It was awful – cars up on cement block, sheets for curtains, trash everywhere. I figure eventually some some hippies, yuppies, or millennials will move in, spruce it up and the rents will skyrocket. But a chemical plant? That’s a whole nother thing!

    • A chemical plant AND a steel mill just down the road. There was talk when I was a kid of everyone living there forcing the city and/or industries to buy out the blocks around the facilities as a buffer zone… predicting that this exact thing would happen. Nope… and now it’s a wasteland with almost as many empty lots/vacant houses as people living there…

  4. it’s sad.. and the stairs without the house give it something touching….

  5. Far too many cozy brick bungalows in my ‘hood are being bulldozed in favor of large Lego-houses (modern boxes). I know the bulldozer can’t be far off whenever I see that obnoxiously bright orange temporary fencing sequestering off the trees nearest the street. We’re supposed to think this is progress.

    • They don’t make them like they used to. I love the smaller houses of old, and wonder where all the people with money are coming from to buy those modern monstrosities they’re building everywhere now…

      • I ask myself that same question. And I’m quite certain they aren’t any happier than those of us who live within a smaller footprint and who didn’t sell our souls to a mortgage bank.

  6. Ladybuggz says:

    Wow, I wouldn’t want to live there either. What does a small 2 bedroom house sell for where you live??

    • I don’t know, but on my old street you could probably pick one up for cheap. My 3 bedroom I bought 9 years ago was $62,900… and I have no idea if it’s gone up or down since then. But this is a somewhat better part of town than the demolished house up there…

  7. I had an apartment like that. I gave it away. The bank didn’t want it and I couldn’t sell it, but at least it is a home for someone. It’s not a good part of town. It’s not a good town.

    • I don’t think you could even give homes away on that street anymore. Most are in horrible disrepair, and the prevailing tremors from the plants will ensure they stay that way. They’d be best served just taking the bulldozer to the entire block…

  8. draliman says:

    This looks exactly like a scene from Fallout 4 (post-apocalyptic video game), which I’ve recently started replaying. I could enter workshop mode, scrap that whole house and build a nice rickety shelter with a couple of crappy beds in so my settlers have somewhere to sleep while they’re waiting for raiders to turn up and shoot them.

  9. Trisha says:

    It always makes me a little sad to see a home with years and years of memories getting demolished. But it would sure make the neighborhood quieter to have everyone around you gone!

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