Proponents of blight removal cite vacant houses as dangerous eyesores that drain neighborhoods of vitality. We agree with this assessment, and that’s why we’re such strong believers in the project we’re doing on Eager Street.
But we’d like to advocate for a bit of nuance and context when discussing blight and vacancy, because we’d hate to ignore the memories and emotions attached to the houses on Eager Street, “blighted” though they may be. In what is proving to be a frequent occurrence, Ms. Janice said it best- referring to the houses we’re deconstructing, she urged us to remember that there’s more to those structures than toppled bricks and broken windows: “In these houses were living vessels- there was laughter, there was happiness.”
Ms. Janice was kind enough to share some photos of Eager Street from decades past, reminders that the houses we’re deconstructing were once homes. Click below to see the gallery.
This photo taken from Ms. Janice’s stoop at 2403 Eager Street during a block party.
Neighbors participate in a block cleanup.
Another shot from the block party.
Ms. Janice often convinced City Hall to close the street so that children could would have room to play.