[Hpn] seattletimes.com: Why Jimi's house needs to move on
Mon, 28 Feb 2005 04:13:02 -0800
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Why Jimi's house needs to move on
Full story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2002191787_jimied28.html
THE demand to save Jimi Hendrix's house has been underwhelming.
The city of Seattle, which has been providing land for it, and fending off the neighbors' complaints about its effect on their lives, is losing patience. We agree with Brenda Bauer, the city's director of fleets and facilities, who says, "Three years is long enough." The house is only one of several the rock guitarist lived in as a boy, and it is not much to look at. It was saved in 2001 by the intervention of several investors, who bought it from a construction site and hauled it away.
Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, an aficionado of preservation, arranged for a six-month permit for the house to sit on city land at 2010 S. Jackson St., so that the owners could find a permanent site.
No one has offered a site. The house is still there — boarded up and covered with graffiti. The neighbors complain that it attracts addicts and transients. The city complains that it has had to send crews to the site several times to clean it up.
The trustee of the moving company, which went bankrupt, complains that the moving bill was never paid and that the house sits on some beams that might be assets to creditors. The owners complain that the city has not done enough to help them.
Other Hendrix memorabilia has been saved because people put up their money and saved it. That has not happened with this house. It's time for the city to evict it, and let the neighbors get on with their lives.
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