Shiloh's latest Take Down the Signs Update (accessible here) triumphantly claims that as of July 22, 2007, campaign donations total $199,880.53. The update also reveals that Shiloh awaits a permit to dismantle the garage behind 1534 9th Street, which will, no doubt, make way for more church parking in the near future (does anyone know why this structure isn't also protected by the HPRB?).
It seems that most of the work to date has focused on Shiloh's 9th Street properties (someone correct me if I've missed work on their vacant properties along 8th Street). Work on the 8th Street properties sounds like it's pending agreement with the contractor (speaking of, does anyone know who Shiloh is using for this work?). As pictured above (in a photo courtesy of Drew), today, Shiloh's contractors appear to be cleaning out one of Shiloh's vacant properties along 9th Street. Pest control has been observed in recent days at 1533 9th.
I speak frequently about the crime, vandalism, trespassing, and loitering that all go hand in hand with vacant properties (especially with a concentration of vacant properties, like that of Shiloh Baptist Church's portfolio of vacant properties). Today's post reminds me to stress that vacant properties also cause numerous less visible problems for neighbors. Rats in walls, rotting and termite-infested wood, clogged and/or broken gutters, overgrown vegetation, squatters, and ungodly stenches also plague neighbors to vacant properties. Thankfully condemnations prompt poor stewards of vacant property to take some remedial action in making neighbors lives easier. No less, these minimal efforts are still not enough.