My paternal grandparents lived at the corner of Boston and Becker across the street from this house for 40 years, and my maternal grandparents lived a block away at the corner of Becker and Ida. Very sad to see this!
Michael, I too remember that house on the corner. I am your uncle. I married your dad's sister. She lived in that house when we were courting. Perhaps Gordie Young can come up with a secure way for us to know the other's email. I'm known to him via his Mom who was a highschool classmate of mine. The last time I saw you Mike was about 1964. It appears that you are doing well. I spent a lot of time sitting on the porch of that house with your aunt, so I find it hard to see the change.
Michael and Bill, if it makes you feel any better, the house immediately to the right of the one in the photo is in perfect condition.
Yes, overall this neighborhood isn't in bad shape, though it's been on the decline for the past few years. Heading west from Boston, the streets are pretty well maintained, with Gainey Avenue being an unfortunate exception. The west side is a rather nice area, mostly, with the area between Bradley, Court and Corunna being the roughest. I wouldn't be afraid to walk around, though.
Looks like someone needs to mow the lawn. =^O
Hi Old Bill!What an incredible delight to hear from you after all these years! I've sent Gordon an email requesting that he give you my email address, and/or that he give me yours.I'm looking forward to getting in touch directly!Mike
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