Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Walkabout Wednesday here on Sesame Street!


One of these things is not like the others….


One of these things just doesn’t belong…


Do you even have any idea what I’m talking about? 


One of the sad things about living in an older neighborhood is that frequently, neighbors pass away.  They’ve been in BV for forty years, and they don’t want to leave.  So they don’t.  But that 50th year goes by, and they haven’t maintained the property in awhile, and all of a sudden the place is falling down around their ears.  And their children put them some place where they (or their designee) can keep an eye on them (“That’s not a cookie, grandma!  It’s an ant trap!”) and they put a run-down house on the market.

And buyers have no imagination.

Occasionally, a buyer with vision and a great line of credit comes along, and you get a finished product like one of the top three photos…all with a couple of blocks of each other.  Paint, new landscaping, a new roof and other great choices breathe new life into older houses.  But, sadly, this is too rare.  Often, the house is sacrificed and a new home is built on the lot. 
Now there’s NOTHING wrong with the house in the last picture.  It’s a perfectly nice house (probably) owned by perfectly nice people.  But there’s nothing SPECIAL about it.  Do you know what was torn down to make way for this not-so-special suburban-style home? 

Boo Radley’s house.

(If you have been following this blog for several years, you know what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about a video I made in front of an old Dutch Colonial around the corner and down the block from me. The video shows me peeking through the overgrowth and talking about how scary it is. This is back when I used to make a dozen videos a summer and then post them on facebook.  I tried to find it, but it’s gone to that great server in the sky.  You’ll have to trust me.)
Yep, that sweet little house (in need of TLC, fershure) is no longer with us.  And the house in its place?  Well, it could be any house, anywhere…but definitely NOT Boo’s. 

If I had a zillion dollars, I would buy these pitiful houses and fix them up.  Like someone who rescues cats, only houses.  It hurts my feelings when I see another old house scheduled for demolition.  If someone wants to buy a new house, there are plenty of new developments skirting the city.

Leave my neighbors alone.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i feel the same way- that is sad. :( and i hate when i hear people shopping for house plans when i know there are a kajillion homes on the market that could be so perfect with love.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Oh that's so so sad. There is a British TV show I watch here which people do rescue and renovate those types of houses and the money they make on them is astounding every single one is just gorgeous with some tlc

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I live in the land of tear downs, so I feel you pain. Though, they are pretty good about not touching the brownstones. But the wood frames? Yeah, they don't stand a chance ...

:) Linda

Feral Turtle said...

What a shame...and I agree, they should move to the new hoods with the new houses!

Miss Kitty said...

Awww...sorry Boo's house is sounds like it had lots of personality. I feel the same way you do about putting up new homes that don't fit in with the "vibe" of the homes that are already in a neighborhood.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh I so remember that video Kirby !
What a shame - I don't get it either - to take away any and all character and completely remove the history of a home is just wrong ( and sad )

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Wow. Sucks. They say it is cheaper to level houses than to restore them. Looks like they took out all the trees too. Yuk.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...


Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You remind me of Rehab Addict... you know the show on HGTV, the tough woman who restores old houses...
I agree! I love old houses! It's a shame to see them torn down when they have so much potential.
Have a great week!

andi filante said... comment didn't publish! I never saw the Boo video, but I am currently reading Mockingbird, so I hope that counts for something.


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