2350-2360 allesandro street

(written spring, 2001)

Pictures of 2350-2360 Allesandro Josh & I bought this property in February 2001. Where others see disaster we see promise. It wiill be our house and my workspace and possibly an income property (it's really two adjacent lots). (Missing is a plot map which shows orientation, unfortunately, this text assumes you can see the invisible. It will be put up "soon", in the mean time there is this inaccurate hand-made plot map. Unfortunately where it says EAST is actually NORTH more or less.) The main building at 2350 was built as a liquor store in 1921, when the railroad ran down what is now Allesandro St. The "middle" or "front" building (which is actually attached, but without a doorway 'tween) is three units, one of which was a dry cleaners. Two of them had horrid little kitchens in them, and there was one flushing outhouse toilet in back. Across Whitmore is our neighbor's building which used to be a grocery. In the 1960's and 1970's (timeline is hard to discern) it was nominally a motorcycle shop, and the owner, apparently somewhat of a junkyard dog type, lived in the greasy, junk-filled squalor it had become since the railroad disappeared. Apparently right before the owner died, the lot(s) were filled (filled) with junk cars, tires, boxes of crap, rotten boards, etc. The entire lot was paved over, and some of the asphalt was painted green, for that homey touch. The major demolition and cleanup is done though the house is still standing, because I have to do some creative permitting to really use 2360. Construction will begin July 2001. We hope to have it habitable (legally) before the end of the year. Whew!