condos, make way for more condos

My aunt and I purchased a 3-flat as an investment property about 2 years ago in Roscoe Village. Before we signed the deal on our current home, we came very close to purchasing a different 3-flat on Damen & Addison. The place was a sump and needed a lot of work, but it had some potential. Unfortunately, the guy who owned it was a prick, and refused to budge on the price. I was very smug every time I drove by for the next year and half and saw the “For Sale” sign still prominent in the front yard. Yeah, you sit on that house until the end of time, jerky.
About a month and a half ago, I burst out laughing when I was driving home and saw the entire lot bulldozed. to the ground. The scary thing is, when i passed by again last week, they were already done building a brick 3 flat. All new. How do they build these things so fast?
I remember listening to XRT a couple years ago, and Lin Brehmer made the most astute comment about the condofication of chicago. “Hey, they are turning that store into condos! They are turning that church into condos! They are turning those condos into condos!”
At this rate, the whole city should be red brick condos with juliette balconies in about 3 years.

2 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on July 12th, 2004 @ 5:41 am

    At one point I wanted to put up posters all over Chicago that read “Hey Chicago! Don’t you think it’s time for another fire?” I reconsidered when I realized that if there was another fire, everything would be replaced with condos. Sigh…


  2. wolfy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2004 @ 3:39 am

    You could say the exact same thing about downtown Evanston!!!



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