PTSD: Park Terrace Stress Disorder

By , June 29, 2010 12:13 am

This is/was 142-144 Park Terrace in the process of being demolished yesterday.

To find out the locations of other blighted properties, see the website put together by HART and Trinity College.

All three photographs by Christopher Brown

3 Responses to “PTSD: Park Terrace Stress Disorder”

  1. lobonick says:

    the demolition of this properties is critical even if they become nothing more than a parking lot or a field. the property standing alone as blight is worse than a open field. it mentally effects the neighborhood as well as realistically effecting property values in the neighborhood.

    if the city (or whoever) can cough up the money for the demolition. then so be it. how the city gets reimbursed for these demolition efforts (re: demolition leins on non-existant property owners) is up to the city. the building themselves are generally beyond repair, or at the point where building a new building is cheaper than renovation of the old structure. this funding for demolition is critical. clearing out the old is a start to something new.

    • Now there is an unobstructed view of another blighted building on Park Street. The City needs to aggressively go after these deadbeat owners who allow their properties to fall apart like this.

  2. lobonick says:

    not much you can do to go after deadbeat owners.. that is why there are classified as “deadbeats.” there will be more of that in the future as the economy continues to fall apart. the old saying is that “you can’t blood from a stone.” it is better to just knock it down if you can. the blight statutes and demolition lein recovery are key concepts in fighting blight.

    as the economy continues to collapse (re: many economists are beginning to say we are in a depression, not a recession), these measures become all important.

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