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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Eyesore of the week

by Nyssa Rabinowitz

Property:  406 Clifford St., Lansing


Owner:  Ryan Leyrer


Taxpayer: Jacob Leyrer


Assessed:  $33,700


Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment


Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: 406
Clifford St. is neither the best nor the worst of propertie, but it’s
highlighted here with good reason. Today, right now, it is at a pivotal
point. A single boarded window on the north side of this two-story may
not seem like much, but it is the harbinger of rapid deterioration. The
longer the window remains unfixed — one becomes two, two becomes four.
Time is of the essence.




406 Clifford St. isn’t a total loss —
yet. The path to the front porch has already been reclaimed by the
grass, the porch’s roof is starting to come apart at the seams and the
door and a first-story window have already lost their glass and been
replaced by plywood. The paint is beginning to peel away, the grass
continues to grow unchecked and one only knows how long the remaining
windows will keep their precious panes. The ivy that attached itself to
the power line wires is slowly spreading across the house’s top story.
It’s not gone yet, but left unchecked, nature will reclaim its former
empty lot and all that will remain of this house will be the memories
of those who occupied it long ago.



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