Rent a tractor with a blade and push it all out into the street.
That! Cover any identifying marks on it (like rental unit number or company name) with painter's tape, wear some sort of mask (a dust mask & wraparound shades would work), and shove everything into the road!
John and Elizabeth (Liz), with 3 nutty cats
My beloved St. Bernard, Marm, lost him 1/2/12
1992 International Genesis school bus conversion
Is there ANY chance you can move? Your area sounds dangerous and like another said it is only going to get worse. It is a big step but truly maybe just getting the heck out of Dodge now is your best bet.
You might try your city councilor. When DH and I lived in a large city in Nebraska, a builder dug out a basement in the lot next to our home. He went bankrupt and the hole kept getting bigger and bigger until it started to eat away at our fence and our yard. The neighborhood kids were also using it as a playground. I was worried that everything would collapse at some point. I called the builder and he basically told me "tough luck", so I called the city councilor. The hole was filled in within a week.
Code Enforcement called this morning and said that the house has 12 more days and then the city will remove the trash and charge the bank Yes, it is another foreclosed house and a bank owns it. That makes 4 houses that I know of and the other 3 have illegal people in them but no one seems willing to do anything about it. I even called the bank on one of them and they said they aren't worried about it as they have so many right now with the same problem.
The bathtub is gone due to a junkman that drives around.
As a retired firefighter, I question the comment of the fire department that they would never fight a house fire from the alley. The attack on any structure fire is partially defined by the direction of the prevailing wind and the location of the fire within the home. If the fire is in the rear of the structure and the wind is blowing from the alley side, most attacks would be from the alley side. It is most effective this way and protects the firefighters as well. If your community is like those that I have worked in, your local chief or fire marshall should have the authority to ticket fire hazards and a system of fines that can be levied. You might talk to someone higher up in the fire department.
msmith - haha that is the first thing I thought of too - tossing it all back over the fences.
I would shame them all by keeping my section of the alley pristine, paint the back of my fence and decorate with flowers and artwork. It may start a trend to turn the alley into a pretty spot to meet up with neighbors - a little community park.
It sure worked with my 'ugly brick' house when I painted it, landscaped the yard and made it the neighborhood showcase. Soon, the neighbors began to paint their ugly bricks and do landscaping as well. Even the junked cars on blocks disappeared. Sometimes it just takes one person to start a movement. All the wives saw me doing this alone and then apparently nagged their husbands with "if she can do it, so can you!" A couple of the men laughingly complained "look what you started!" and "Gosh, I hope you don't do your roof too! I'll miss the football games!"
You can fight city hall but it is exhausting to try to force people to do anything. You can inspire them to do it with much less tenstion.
Iris, we don't have a fence like the others do. We have the cleanest yard, the cleanest alley behind our house. We pick up all the trash that blows into our area and such but you have to remember, these people have put up 6ft privacy fences. They don't look at the alley. One house is beautiful, well kept etc. but she doesn't know or care what goes on over the fence so she is one of the biggest problems. In fact, it was her bathtub that was there last week. Right now, her dead Christmas tree is still sitting in the alley against her fence, also with a large bush she had dug up, some cinder blocks, and a old beat up dog house. No matter what we do, they just don't care. Out of site, out of mind.
And even if we could move, what would it solve? With all the foreclosures, this is happening all over the city and just because they don't all have alleys doesn't mean they won't throw their mess out.
I am just going to think positive and hope the city will finally get this picked up in 10 more days like they promised.
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