Sure, every neighborhood has some odd things about it…I guess they go along with the odd people. For instance:
On Sunday, I left through the back door of my building to go for a walk, and this huge piece of ice was propped up against the neighbor’s fence! No idea where it came from, unless someone poured buckets of water out their window onto the covered Dumpster out back…but people will do strange things. Yesterday, it was totally cracked into pieces, at the very bottom of our back steps! Someone wanted an accident to happen, that’s for certain.
This finely-constructed old house is several blocks up Sheridan Road, on a valuable ‘corner lot’, no less! I call it ‘The Mold House’–why? Because in the six years I’ve lived here, nothing has been done by the owners to abate the heavy mold growth under the eaves. It’s even advancing down the outer walls! Odd to me, because if I owned that property, I would have begun doing something about the mold long ago–it’s unhealthy!
This home on Howard Street is quite large and stately, with deep red brick and lots of black wrought iron over the Palladian windows. It has a nicely kept yard and looks as is the owners truly care about their home, which looks as if it was built around the late 1920s. I take exception with the ‘flying gargoyle’ hanging from the drainpipe–WHAT were they thinking?
It’s a tiny green space, next to the Red Line “L” tracks, just south of Howard Street here in Chicago. Leonard Dubkin Park has seen many late night and early day drinkers, any number of druggies, and many who let their apartment-dogs run here.
Apparently, much will change this spring, as these raised beds , as well as a gate, have been installed. Though I was taught to ‘never assume’, it seems a fence will be placed around the beds.
It’s nice, whoever had this idea. We all need to understand just where food comes from, don’t we? With a huge amount of watchfulness, I hope these beds produce heavily for those who have invested their labor, as there are THOSE, in this northernmost neighborhood of Chicago, who seem to thrive on vandalism.