Walking down Florida Ave yesterday I noticed the Popeye’s Fried Chicken place on the corner of 7th and FL has closed up and is empty. The sign is gone, there is nothing inside. Did this happen recently?
No worry. We can always get mass produced chicken at the Bulletproof KFC on Florida and North Cap.
Ran into Justin, a fellow Truxtonite heading to work on the Green Line and we got to talking houses. We, I’m saying “we” because I don’t remember exactly who said what (it was early in the morning, I’m not awake), came to a conclusion that the tale we tell ourselves that these old houses have solid bones is bunk. Well, unless you’ve actually seen those bones, Justin pointed out. It’s amazing what you find behind the walls of old houses.
Don’t forget that after the riots portions of Shaw were slummy. Slumlords, the owners of slum housing, are not well known for their maintenance and desire to fix things right. Over time, bricks don’t get repointed, problems are painted over, and burn damage is covered up with drywall. When I discovered my house had mainly been rental housing for 100 years my heart sank. I have very little faith that in those 100 years the landlords did anything to bolster the building structure.