I never discuss politics in these posts.
(Well, hardly ever. I do make an exception for the Former Guy.)
So there’s no politics in this post. Don’t look at the picture: it’s just a photo of an unremarkable nearby house, a photo that I snapped while out on my walk this lovely morning. The house had been described in the Boston Globe like this [address deleted]:
The boarded-up Dorchester house looked as bad as it smelled: An overgrown lawn, discarded liquor and beer bottles, and the stench of rotting garbage wafting from an overflowing trash can.
That late September afternoon at ______, a faded red ticket clung to the rusted fence, one of 20 city code violations issued in the two years since a local developer bought the place.
“So what?” you ask. “It’s just Dorchester.”
Well, not exactly. First of all, note that the description no longer applies. Maybe an overgrown lawn (maybe not), but no discarded bottles or stench of rotting garbage or faded red ticket. It’s just coincidence that the cleanup happened after an article appeared in the Globe two days ago. Second, you want to know who the “local developer” is. He just happens to be Doug George, husband of mayoral finalist Annissa Essaibi George and an active part of her campaign. It’s just coincidence that he owns more than 50 other properties in Boston. The Globe says that “He has plans pending before the Boston Planning & Development Agency to build a tower as high as 18 stories with 120 residential units in South Boston.” The article goes on to say:
A Globe analysis found that since 2008, the city has cited George’s properties for more than 550 code violations with fines totaling more than $40,000, according to Boston’s database of code enforcement violations.
The tally included 347 violations with more than $25,000 in fines marked “closed,” which signifies the penalty had been paid, according to the city. Another 205 violations with nearly $15,000 in fines remain “open,” meaning they remain unpaid or under appeal.
George’s properties have been cited 376 times for trash, 98 times for overgrown weeds, and 15 times for failing to shovel snow, according to the data. The tally includes 82 code violations since Councilor Essaibi George launched her campaign for mayor in January.
I’m not going to tell you the address. Let’s just say that the house number consists of three (not all distinct) powers of 2, and that the street name is the intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of any two chords of a circle. Spell it the British way.
No further comment. Nothing to see here. Move along.