ARCHIVE 2001-2008: 2004 - SOUTHTOWN: j004

Simon Allen breathes in some fresh air while cleaning an old, dilapidated house that has since been torn down, partly because the wood was rotted and filled with insects. The family who moved out had left food scattered throughout the interior. {quote}The neighborhood is in bad shape now, but it used to be all beautiful homes, well kept,{quote} former South Town resident Cathryn Miller, 88, said. {quote}In the late 80's many older residents began to pass away and their families sold the homes they had lived in. Today, it seems like 90% of the homes around South Town have been put into the hands of landlords. What happens is renters just leave the landlords to take care of the homes, when they should be taking care of their homes whether they own them or not. Many homes could be cleaned up if renters would become the owners. There's just no home respect, or respect for how one keeps the household up.{quote}

Simon Allen breathes in some fresh air while cleaning an old, dilapidated house that has since been torn down, partly because the wood was rotted and filled with insects. The family who moved out had left food scattered throughout the interior. "The neighborhood is in bad shape now, but it used to be all beautiful homes, well kept," former South Town resident Cathryn Miller, 88, said. "In the late 80's many older residents began to pass away and their families sold the homes they had lived in. Today, it seems like 90% of the homes around South Town have been put into the hands of landlords. What happens is renters just leave the landlords to take care of the homes, when they should be taking care of their homes whether they own them or not. Many homes could be cleaned up if renters would become the owners. There's just no home respect, or respect for how one keeps the household up."