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Actually skylark, in Phx, where i grew up there is a big market on the older homes in the middle of the city, many young couples are buying and remodeling them into nice little places. My dads 2nd wife had bought a pretty nice house several years ago, it was even big enough that she rents out the front half now.<br><br><br><br><i>FYI - This thread was split from another, found at <a href="http://veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2738" target="_blank">http://veggieboards.com/boards/showt...&threadid=2738</a></i>
 

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Majake,<br><br>
That's very cool! The trend I see where I live is to get out of the inner city because there are 'bad' people there. The main reason there might be a majority of 'bad' people in the inner city is because the 'nice' people left. Leaving doesn't solve many problems.<br><br><br><br>
My family and I have remodeled two houses, on 80 years old and the other 130 years old. Neither of them were in the city, but my parents wanted to move onto a lesser traveled road. I'm not a big fan of city taxes or city water, but I have the option of moving where I want to, and the animals don't have that option very much.
 

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Yep, we have a ton of turn of the century and older homes in Cleveland in an areas known as Ohio City and Tremont. They are beautiful victorian homes with 9 ft ceilings and every little attention to detail has been paid. About 15 years ago they were not being kept up and alot of them rented out. The city took action as well as the banks and companies doing business in the city and called it Community Reinvestment. Grants were given to homeowner and restoration projects begain. No interest loans and huge breaks on supplies were also given. 15 years later, you have more homeowners living in the houses instead of renting them out. These homes start at $150,000 and up now. 15 years ago you could have purchased one of these when it was considered a fixer-upper for a song, and then have the city and their reinvestment corps. basically just about pay to fix it up. There's consistant rehabs in the neighborhood spanning futher outward from those areas. I live in Cleveland, just at the begginning of the neighborhood called Ohio City. I'm just now starting to see the effects in my neighborhood and coincidentally my property value. Change is very slow when it comes to reviving a neighborhood but it can be done. As long as the hearts are in the right place and people are willing to put in the sweat equity.
 

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i didnt start this thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
yeah MsRuthieB, i think they have a simliar type of program in Phx. grants and such for restoration of property.
 

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That's why I edited into your post (the first post in this thread) that it was split from another thread that you took off-topic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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My family has a nice old house built right after WWI. Much of the glass is original as are the hardwood floors and the thick oak door. The previous owners fixed it up a bunch before they sold it. We have since added a bathroom and expanded the back bedroom, as well as converting the quarter bath into a pantry.<br><br>
We live very close to downtown, in an area that was given to the city by a orchard owner 100 years ago when San Jose was all farming community. Some parts of downtown aren't as nice but some have been restored nicely. Thouhg there isn't as much of an Urban area as in some cities since San Jose is so spread out over about 20 miles.<br><br><br><br>
There is more we'd like to do but our neighborhood committee voted against being incorporated into the revedelopment agencys plan to restore and beautify SJ. many people were afraid of eminent domaine being used by the city to take away their houses. I'm actually not a big fan of the redevelopment agency since it has gutted two shelters so they can build a new city hall that is unneeded, drived out many small bussinesses and clubs geared towards younger people and generally gentrified downtown more.
 

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Michael,<br><br>
I'm sorry, I feel like I've taken quite a few threads off-topic lately. It's not Majake's fault the "Breeding" thread went to old houses...<br><br><br><br>
RSJ,<br><br>
What do you think would be a better plan of action for fixing up the lowly areas? Would it be better for motivated groups of citizens to raise their own money and do the work themselves? And what do you mean by 'gentrified'? I haven't heard the term before.
 

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restoring old buildings then raising rents and thus causing lower income people and people of color out of the area. Putting in sports bars and things that will draw an older more upscale crown at the expense of the only all ages club in SJ. As well as small buisnesses that have been around 30 years
 

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Methinks 'gentrified' is classist and somewhat snobby.
 
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