The Emoji House, Good Neighbors and City Council (Part II)

Posted by Mike Michalski on Thursday, November 21st, 2019.

It had to happen.

After the international brouhaha over the El Porto 'emoji house' (pictured above), not to mention the near unanimous condemnation of the neighbors, both the emoji house (actually a duplex at 216 39th Street) and the neighbor's home to which the emojis were directed, hit the market.

As you may recall from our first article in this series (aptly entitled The Emoji House, Good Neighbors and City Council (Part I)), it was the neighbor at 225 39th Street who complained to the city that the owner of the duplex was using it for short-term rentals, contrary to a city ordinance against such.

In retaliation, the duplex's owner commissioned a former gang tagger to paint the facade in a retina-scalding pink with two emojis, both with long eyelashes (the complaining neighbor apparently wore eyelash extensions), including one with a zipper across its mouth, signifying "Shut up".

However, in a bit of karma, it's the neighbor's house priced at $1,995,000 (pictured below) that has found a buyer while the emoji house sits there on the market, even after several price drops. 
Perhaps the emoji duplex would sell quicker if it had a new coat of paint? 

The bigger picture is whether the City Council, based on a recommendation from the Planning Commission, passes an ordinance mandating no murals on multi-family dwellings within the city and whether such an ordinance could be applied retroactively.  

Regardless of whether the City ultimately intervenes, the emoji house's owner violated basic precepts of common courtesy and good neighborliness, which includes, among other traits, a certain cordiality and mutual respect.

Lately, it can sometimes seem that those qualities are in perilous short supply.

Take the case of this Tree section home that also recently traded at 2005 Pine Avenue.The previous owners had literally festooned the front of their home with political signs like Impeach Orange Nixon, etc.  All perfectly within their rights, of course. 

But is this sort of behavior good for the neighborhood?

One sign, in particular, caught our eye - Republicans Suck.  So if you're a neighbor and you don't share the same party affiliation as the now former owners, how are you supposed to react to a sign like that?

Of course, when they went to sell, all the signs miraculously disappeared.  I guess Republican dollars are just as good as Democrat dollars.

Let's hope that with an election year approaching, this sort of signage isn't the start of a trend.

Bottom Line:  Living in a neighborhood demands that we live with other people around us.  Since everyone wants to live a happy and peaceful life, everyone living in a neighborhood surely expects certain qualities of their neighbors so as to guarantee they will live in harmony.  Near the top of that list of qualities has to be mutual respect and cordiality.





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