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Today on 7/9 I noticed a "For Sale By Owner" sign outside of the 2 decade-abandoned property @ 615 Crain Ave. that was scheduled for demolition later this month...
Too little too late?!?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 09:13 AM
That woman is nuts and a disgrace. Does she want the house or not? Why not sell it when everyone was clamoring for it? Why bother with the sign when the city is in the midst of preparing for its demolition? Too little too late is right!
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Mary, your question why she did not sell it previously is her business. Will it make you happier if it is torn down rather than have her get some money for it? You call her "nuts." Are you a psychiatrist?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Why do you hate me, Chris? I'm not a psychiatrist any more than you are an avid bicyclist. Yes, the woman is nuts. Plenty of people have contacted her to buy this house over the years. The house is trashed. Wild animals have lived in it for years. The roof has holes in it. A decade without utilities doesn't make it an ideal house. Tear it down. She'll still own the land and not pay taxes on that. The city than can mow that and charge her. Doubt she'll pay those fines either. And though it may be her business as to why she didn't sell the house throughout the years, it doesn't mean I can't think she's a whackadoodle for letting such a beautiful house fall into such disrepair as to be deemed a tear down by the city.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Not to mention the money she could have gotten for the house when it was actually worth something.
Resident of Kent July 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
YOWZERS ! Mary ~ ain't that the TRUTH!!
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I don't bicycle any more because I would rather walk, plus I feel like fair game to the drunken drivers, speeders, texters, and otherwise distracted drivers hurtling down the road in their two tons of death. I would gladly ante up fifty cents or a buck when I walk one of them. If someone wants to bike them they should buy an annual license or permit just as we buy a driver's license and plates to use the streets. It costs millions to build and maintain those trails. I would rather the money go to teach kids to read but I guess my priorities are addled. Perhaps if you spend your next life with a mental disorder you will understand my objection to your calling someone nuts or whackadoodle. Was Robert Wood nuts or whackadoodle because of his mental afflictions? Am I?
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I was talking about the trails when I spoke of a user fee of some sort. And I should have more clearly stated that there should be a fee for using them, whether walking or biking.
Matt Fredmonsky July 10, 2013 at 04:25 PM
The last I heard the city is moving forward with plans to try and demolish the house, but due to paper work, court proceedings and the like the actual razing of the house wouldn't happen until September at the earliest. If someone is still interested in buying it, the property owner may have until then to try and sell it.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
If the hike and bike trails were paid for using our tax dollars, it would seem we already did pay a toll.
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2013 at 05:27 PM
We all paid the "toll" for them with our tax dollars, but only a tiny minority of the public uses them. People that use them for recreation should pay a user fee. Why doesn't everyone get free recreation no matter what it is? Are walkers and bikers somehow more worthy?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Did you know: Bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in America by frequency of participation. In 2010, Americans ages 6 and older went on 2.44 billion bicycling outings, averaging 58 outings per bicyclist. Houses next to hike and bike trails are more valuable. Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure, and insulin levels. Women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. Adolescents who bicycle are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults. More than three times as many new bicycles (14.9 million) are sold in the U.S. each year than cars (4.6 million). The average American househould spends $7,179 per year on owning and driving their cars. On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily. For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly 1 pound of CO² (0.88 lbs) is saved. 47% of Americans say they would like more bike facilities in their communities. Check out http://www.americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/ and start hiking and biking the trails that traverse America.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Approximately one-quarter of U.S. adults use a biking, walking, or hiking trail at least once per week. Librett, J., et al., 2006
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I was born with legs to walk. I wasn't born with golf clubs in hand, lawn mowers and pesticides nor was I born with a pool, chlorinated water and a massive pool filter. If you choose to take up activities other than cheap and easy ones like walking or biking, prepare to pay to play. I don't expect tax payers to buy new tennis balls for me for match play, or expect them to buy me a set of clubs to hit the links. I do expect to be able to walk and use the legs I was born with.
Chris (Kit) Myers July 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM
You can walk anywhere, just as I do. I don't need a multi-million dollar trail with additional maintenance costs for my exercise.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 11, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Get out in nature and use those hike and bike trails you despise. They are already there. Paid for. Might as well use them. Nature has regenerative properties. Maybe you'd be less of a sourpuss once you bring your binoculars and start bird watching along the trail. It will make your day. Plus, you'll get to know many people in the area as the trail is incredibly friendly. You'll be more likely to get a "Hello" from a fellow trail user than someone on the sidewalk. Also, the trail in Kent is on what was ruined land from the railroads. Turning an eyesore into a community treasure, one step/pedal at a time. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 11, 2013 at 08:44 AM
And Chris, please stay off the sidewalks for your exercise. I'd hate to think what those billions of chunks of concrete cost.
Chris (Kit) Myers July 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Ruined land from the railroads? Would you have had burros moving goods across the country? Who ever said I despise those trails? I am a sourpuss? Why must you call people names just because you don't agree with what they say?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 11, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Oh man, you don't even remember what you type, do you? And maybe you missed all the public schools and libraries that help youngsters to learn to read. All by, gasp, tax dollars.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! July 11, 2013 at 03:27 PM
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” ― John Muir
Chris (Kit) Myers July 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM
This is going nowhere so I will let you have the last word, Mary. Happy trails!

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