Friday, September 21, 2007

Sherman Ave. Eviction Aftermath


DSC00304(bright), originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I see Wayan at DC Metblogs has already gotten some play on this but a reader has sent me some more photos and details on the situation. The reader writes:

"This was the 2900 Block of Sherman Ave, b/t Harvard and Columbia. The blue house was evicted and the city emptied the entire house on the street, which turned into one large free-for-all. About 9:30 p.m., all the bags had been turned over and the trash was across three lanes of traffic. This prompted the police to get involved, and public works was called in. They sent 4 street sweepers, two dump trucks, a bull dozer, a dumpster loader and a crew of about 25. From 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., the city was cleaning up the street."

and

"It's a real shame what happened. The woman who used to live there died two (maybe it's three now) years ago, and left the house to her grandson. He and his cousin lived there with some other transient tenants, and I only know one guy who lived there the whole time in the basement....You should know all that trash was actually the dead grandmother's possessions. Family albums, pictures, antique furniture, collectables, etc. -- all that was her is now gone and lost forever. "

Very sad situation, indeed.

6 comments:

theneighbor said...

man....that is totally sad.

J.Con. said...

"The city" does not toss evicted tenants' belongings into the public space. The landlord does that, usually while guarded by U.S. Marshalls.

bogfrog said...

This is an awful waste, but I am also concerned as to whether the grandmother owned the house, after living there for so many years. If so, it may have been the city who evicted the residents for failure to pay taxes. Or was there a foreclosure?

EmoEmu said...

well that just sucks. such a sad situation.

poo poo said...

the family is sad. they should have done something before the eviction.

this is what happens after three years of having been able to do something, and yet, the stupid kids did nothing.

oh well.

some people need to learn to get a life.

amyc said...

what happens in the foreclosure process? the rowhouse next to ours was just foreclosed..... we are happy about it. which sounds bad i know, BUT the house was purchased last thanksgiving and has been sitting vacant for 10 months!! according to the tax records, the owner was claiming the home owner deduction.