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An urban first home for roots, commitment, and creativity A Community Investment

An urban first home for roots, commitment, and  creativity A Community Investment

by Lotus Lofgren In all, we looked at over one hundred properties. Every weekend we would create etch-a-sketch lines across town, peering in broken windows, walking through abandoned yards where the grass grew past my knees, and sheepishly apologizing to current renters as we disrupted their day, tiptoed around their child’s play things and wondered where they would go once someone bought the place. The houses held stories, old stories that we would never know, and others more recent and potent; an orange home that had suffered years at the hands of absentee landlords, been foreclosed on and left its tenants homeless. They scrawled their anger on the lime green walls, words written with human feces and punctuated with urine, a two story white house with all of the upper unit windows blown out from a grease fire in the kitchen. I won’t forget the charred women’s shoes, still hanging on a rack attached to half a closet door. A yellow house where the previous owners-- enraged at the bank that took their home from them, the same bank now trying to sell the house-- had hidden a package of spareribs under the cupboards, months ago, and the smell of rotting flesh permeated the drywall. The bank didn’t even try to clean it up. (more…)