Saturday, February 03, 2007

Central Street Revisited

Last fall, in a little photo essay of trash dumping along Maple & Central streets, I included a photo of the proud residence at 105 Central Street. The folks there thought enough of their neighborhood to just toss their bedding furniture out on the curbside and let it rot there.

Well, the furniture did rot there. And apparently it worked out so well for them that they have decided to give it another go. What the hey? Why pay for a bulk pickup when you can just leave your crap out at the curb and watch nature go to work in the ensuing weeks and months?

I've often said that the city should be doing more to enforce its dumping laws, but it is also true that the residents of the city oftentimes have only themselves to blame for the trashing of their own communities. There is no excuse for the dumping, pictured below, which also includes a busted television set tossed out there, courtesy of another resident next door to our featured property.

While I was there, I also took a photo, below, of the rowhouse on the corner of Maple & Central, which caught fire last week. The front door now has a "condemned" notice on it. (Photos of the front steps along this building were also featured in my earlier blog post on dumping.)



At 7:59 PM, Blogger sojourner said...

As a former long-time resident and appreciator of Springfield, I was very saddened to see that the Maple Street row houses are comdemned. What a beautiful building (have you ever seen it from a distance?) and what a travesty that another architectural gem will bite the dust.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger LaurelO said...

Those buildings look gorgeous -- very sad loss.

Were they rentals? Any idea when they were built?

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Bill Dusty said...

Actually, the only "condemned" notice is on the door of the last building, seen on the right at the street corner. The interior is probably wrecked, but the building doesn't necessarily have to come down. The condemned notice just means, I believe, that no one can live there (until made liveable again).

Then again, the rest of the row houses aren't exactly in good shape, either. It is a shame.

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you drive down Plainfield St., past the school, take a right onto Rowland then a left just after Trident Metal, there's a certain tree that seems to be a shrine for unwanted household items. We've seen toilets, microwaves, beds - heck you could furnish a house with all the trash that gets dumped off!


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