Really jacked up in Roslindale
An old house at Metropolitan Avenue and Poplar Street in Roslindale sat on a lot large enough for construction of a new house (that rarest of rare things in Roslindale). With the new house nearing completion, workers last week jacked up the old house, possibly to reposition it on the lot - or, who knows, possibly just for a little spring cleaning.
It's right up Metropolitan from the Fox house, which had a third of it carved off and turned into a new house after William Fox lost the house during the Depression and stopped taking the train up from New York for the fresh Roslindale air in the summer (back when there was a train stop right down the street).
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Someone should report this
Someone should report this hold up to the police.
Rarest of rare things NOW...
but wasn't in the '60s and '70s.
I'm intrigued by certain parts of Roslindale, Hyde Park, Newton, Brookline, etc. where you go down a street and it's like, huge awesome old house, boring '70s box house, huge awesome old house, boring '70s box house, huge awesome old house...where people sold off half of their lot at one point as the area got redeveloped.
Ayup, our lot was originally three times as large
Sometime in the late 1970s, two-thirds of it got calved off for construction of two perfectly fine colonials (for that matter, our house itself was one of the first of an earlier burst of construction, when what was mainly a forested hill started getting subdivided in the late 1920s).
But the real housing boom that's hit South Boston - not the big new buildings along Broadway, but all the 3-6-unit buildings being crammed in all over the place - has for the most part avoided Roslindale like the plague.
I drove by here the other day and wondered why they were flying the American flag upside down on the porch.
Flag was tied onto a porch post...
... and the wind caused the upper rope (twine?) securing the flag to come untied.
The upside down U.S. Flag is
The upside down U.S. Flag is a sign of distress. It's a political statement by those who believe that the country is in dire straits politically & financially being $16 - $17 Trillion in debt to foreigners with the next world SUPERPOWER, Communist China, being our largest creditor & potential adversary. It's just a matter of time before the economy of our country collapses under the weight of such enormous debt. Not if, but when.
Do you have some particular evidence that a bunch of construction guys on a semi-obscure site in Roslindale are making a political statement, rather than simply not re-tying a flag that got partially untied by the wind?
I can't recall for sure...
... but I think the flag (and porch to which it was attached) may have been pretty much inaccessible by the time the flag turned upside down.
Well, it's clearly either a flag twisting itself around a flagpole in high wind, or political views that just happen to align with our card-carrying John Birch Society anonymous commenter. And, GOD, Adam, if we can't apply Occam's Razor here to prove an insidious Communist plot to usurp our elected officials and steal our women, then where ARE we supposed to apply it?
William Fox House
Where on Metropolitan Ave is it?
Turn onto Metropolitan from Poplar going away from the big hill. It'll be on your left about a block down - and hard to miss; it's not the kind of house you tend to see in Roslindale.