Friday, November 14, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 193

  • 2800 James "Cool Papa" Bell Avenue (Union Martin LLC, April 2008, $178,000 - multiple properties)
  • 2804 James "Cool Papa" Bell Avenue (Union Martin LLC, April 2008)

From left to right: 2800, 2804, 2810. October 2008

Blairmont owns two houses on this block, and all the vacant land between them. The rest of the block belongs to the True Light Missionary Baptist Church, except for two houses belonging to the upstanding not-for-profit landlord JVL Renaissance. With neighbors like those, Blairmont has the power to truly recreate this block, to turn it into something intact, wonderful and beautiful. Rehab the two survivors, get a small convenience grocery back into the corner building, and build additional infill houses, and this block would be whole and healthy again.

That is, after all, how this neighborhood began -- full of occupied urban houses. There's no reason it couldn't return to those glory days again.

2804 - October 2008

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