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This little beauty is located in Lavon, Texas. It is in receivership and if you are interested, you may submit your sealed bid before May 15th, 2009.  You need to know up front that there is a reserve amount for this property of $100,000.00  Not kidding. My guess? Some bank loaned too much to someone with a dream. When the dream dies the bank got it back. And even though that bank has likely received bail out money to compensate them for all of their bad business decisions- they still demand the amount they had invested as their reserve.  

mmmm. feeling the rant comin’ on.

I have embellished the picture for my art purposes but I include it here in that form as a service to the prospective investor. In the photo I have highlighted the feature that is quite likely keeping the building erect.  


Here is the view from the rear.

I love architecture. Love it. So vintage properties like this are my kind of art subject.  

But,this [Link Removed] makes me crazy.

What I’m trying to figure out is why we have an increasing number of homeless in America and we‘re not using these resources to help resolve that problem and serve our downtrodden.  

Most of these abandoned properties in Detroit are owned by the city.  The city is too unorganized to manage efficiently what they own. So they sit and further decay.

If cities who own abandoned property and states that have received property from citizens who die intestate would donate them to an organization that was able to refurb or tear down and build new- wouldn’t that help the homeless and relieve some of the financial stress from the tax payers?  

In the little towns around and inside DFW there are thousands of abandoned homes and acreage not being resourced.  When the homeless have been turned away from the overflowing shelters they find these properties and take refuge from the elements. I would too!

But then, the same people who we referred to in one breath as the unfortunate homeless, the authorities now refer to as vagrants, squatters, transients and worse.  

There’s a disconnect somewhere, folks.
And I’ve a mind to raise a stink about it.


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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Oh come on Laurie! That would make way too much sense to do something like that. Now why would gov’t or banks do anything that is practical and helpful?



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Laurie your right on point and people especially Gov etc; don’t join the dots .... cite all kinds of reasons why not but actually we are in unusual times which call for unusual measures .......

      You go for it



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      Karyn Olson wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I totally agree with you...100%



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Yup, Been saying this for years regarding the abandoned bldgs in los angeles.

      But, yup it would be too easy.

      I was told when looking into this the reasoning behind it is insurance, high costs to ‘redo’ these bldgs. and the list went on.

      What i see is, more jobs less unemployment. Let the tenants run and help with the bldg. Manage it, maintain it.

      Maybe i am naive about these things, but i do believe it could happen. estatic



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I used to think I was naive too. This year I learned that naive is trusting that my government won’t sell my children’s children’s children down the river while they continue to protect, defend, reward and serve the ravenous appetites of the greedy in corporate America.  

      So, I don’t feel like I’m naive anymore but I damn sure still feel powerless to do anything meaningful to change it.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • happy i I love THIS!

      “I've started carrying food with me when I go out now so I can pass it out to the homeless people I encounter.”

      )O(



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I’m with you guys. It seems really hard to believe that in this day and age, we as a nation are still so short sighted on everything.  Waste abounds and we just keep throwing people and resources away.  I also feel powerless to do much..the power is in the hands of too few and those too few are too greedy and lacking vision.  Our nation is going to hell in a handbasket as my grandma used to say, and our greed is paving the road there in stolen wealth.

      I’m behind you Laurie...maybe it’s time to fill every type of blog out there with our discontent.  In the old days, they threw tea in the harbor - maybe now, we through our tea virtually by filling the internet airwaves with the sound of our discontent.



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Ladies - check this site out  

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       I saw last week about a lady whose son is fighting in Iraq while she lives in a tent by a river ........ that is wrong on every level - you send your child to defend your country while you are homeless ......


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      Mztracy wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • seems so wrong that we pay sports heros, actors, etc more money than they will ever need or even use...and we have human beings living on the street.
      what is wrong with this picture!!



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • You know from my profile that I love my menagerie and I am bringing me home some homeless puppies if I can get another one through the door without my husband noticing!

      But again-
      what is wrong with this picture? beautiful celebrity is on tv accompanied by emotionally charged songs BY A MARBLE FIREPLACE pleading for donations to save homeless cats!
      It makes me insane.

      When was the last time you saw them pleading for the soldier’s mother who lives by the river?  

      Which brings me to this question. What if a group was formed for free flow brainstorming? A think tank sort of place. No idea unworthy of real consideration.  I would be willing to bet that this group would be more practical, more creative, more passionate and more COMpassionate than any 20 group in the world who had them same problem set before them. And I’ll bet with enough consideration and collaboration by Christmas the plan would be ready to take to the next level.
      What about you?  



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I read about the copper and aluminum being stolen from the properties but oh my gosh- it never dawned on me that the business people were committing the same crimes as those damn vagrants they hate to have in their neighborhoods.



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      Polly W wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • So—-what happens when we give people something for nothing? I don’t agree with it. They should have to get work and pay something, just like everyone else, even if that work is refurbishing the homes of other people.
      Sorry, but I live in a town that has a focus on feeding the homeless, and sheltering the homeless, and people come here in droves for the handouts....some from across country. We are even known in the prison population as the “place to go if you don’t wanna work“. We have so much free housing here it isn’t funny. Yes, FREE. And there are generations of people having babies so they can continue the trend.
      Those homes in detroit should be rehabbed and sold to prospective homeowners that are low or middle income, with some assistance from the city for down payment assistance.
      Nothing in life should be free, unless it’s free for all.



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • There is an organization that I worked with for a time called ACORN. It is made up of low income people organizing in their communities. They had some wonderful victories in Philadelphia about 10 years ago with getting the city to sell the properties for back taxes to homeless and or low income people. The whole premise comes down to this: the property is going to collapse from disrepair eventually if it is not inhabited and taken care of and the city is then going to have to clean up the mess. The city is also responsible if a building is collapsing and someone goes inside, like a child and gets hurt. Abandoned building also attract gangs, drug dealers or manufacturers, such as meth, which is very dangerous because it can explode and the fumes and byproducts are toxic. The latter activities also contribute to the decline of neighborhoods because who wants to live with neighbors like that, so more people move out of the neighborhood. In addition, the city is not getting any taxes on that property. Filling these properties with people that need homes only makes sense and is a win for everyone.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • If you missed it- please see Vicki’s post above and spend some time on that website re: homelessness.

      Thanks Vicki for posting that. It’s a great resource sight to see what is already being done- maybe an effort to connect with or add to.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote Apr 26, 2009
    • I know ACORN has had some bad press this year- mostly associated with the election. I wonder if that will
      hurt them in terms of how effective they can be or if they will not receive some of the funding they’ve received in the past.



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      Mjmurphy wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • it probably will. funding for non profits is hard to find these days anyway. I have been out of the community organizing loop for awhile now but I disassociated the organization I was running from them due to some of their practices.  

      Great site Vicki!



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      UK Girl wrote May 5, 2009
    • This is the blog that moved me to tears  

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      Wow40plus wrote May 7, 2009
    • Wow,ukgirl,i just spent the last 40 min watching that site and wow! Why does are society pay millions to sports stars,movie stars,radio personalities,etc... and we have this huge thing over us that’s not going away.What does it say about our society? Greedy politicians,ceo’s , red tape to discourage. Heavy thoughts,ladies, heavyohhhh



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