Harrisburg Happening

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Neighborhood deteriorating?

Some people just don't get it. When you board up your property, you invite crime.

Today, Chip Fissel of Fissel's at Third and the Broad Street Market put a sign in his window - which reads "Due to the deterioration of the neighborhood, there will be no more window displays." The sign is over some very ugly material covering one of the two plate glass windows of his shop.

Now, what do you think has contributed to the "deterioration" he cites? My bet is he has. For over two years, his other plate glass window has been covered in plywood. The damage occurred during a hurricane. He never replaced it.

It is well known that when property is well taken care of, there is less crime. When homes are boarded up, crime increases. So he has only himself to blame. Of course, we all suffer when a thoughtless property owner doesn't do the right thing and repair damage.

12 Comments:

Blogger TattooJim said...

"When homes are boarded up, crime increases." LOL the hbg housing authority has been boarding up buildings for years...what are you saying?

June 12, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

That's exactly what I am saying - the city is contributing to the crime problem by boarding up and sitting on houses and other properties. And by ignoring their own code violations

June 12, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

Knowing Chip Fissel, his boarding up of the windows was no doubt a protest. Why should he keep trying to keep up his building when the neighborhood drunks and drug addicts act like it's there private toilet? I give him credit for holding out as long as he has! Sometimes enough is enough! I hope he changes his mind, but if he doesn't I completely understand his motives.

June 12, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I'm afraid I don't agree this time. It wasn't thugs who broke the first plate glass window - it was a hurricane, and I presume he had insurance coverage. So why didn't he fix it then? Everyone else on the block has fully functional windows.

And I say that as someone who has over the years spend thousands at Fissels. But I will not spend one penny more until he puts glass back in the window. Right now, I'm so mad I hope he just moves on and let's someone else buy the place. But no doubt, he'll want double market price!

June 12, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

Well if he moves on I hope someone with half the patience he has had over the years moves in. And as another person that has spent thousands at his shop and seen the abuse he has taken from the rift raft that tried to co-habitate on his property, I say he should be appauded for maintaining "some" semblance of order all this time. Maybe the neighborhood as a group should get together and approach him in a supporting way, perhaps he would change his mind and attitude? It couldn't hurt....

June 12, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Well, I must not be seeing the rif-raf because I have lived half a block away for 22 years. All I have ever seen are some Johovah witnesses hanging out under the overhang trying to give away pamplets and a few people waiting for the bus. For a few years, I stood there myself with my infant (now 19) waiting for the bus every morning.

Am I blind? I really don't understand what problems he is having with the neighborhood. Heck, once I had a brick through my window, too. But I didn't board up - I had new glass put in. So should I have boarded up instead?

June 12, 2006  
Blogger GastonStreet said...

As a person with a private residence you can lock your doors to the crappy people walking by. As a shop keep he doesn't have that luxury. I've seen some of those folks in his store, trying to shop-lift. It's the same people year after year, trying to rob him blind. And yeah, I've had to step over a drunk or two, or ignore the homeless guys standing around the corner. Let us not forget that 3rd Street for many years was a place for prostitutes to hang out and cruise for johns. The neighborhood doesn't exactly have a saintly reputation. All I'm saying is have a little empathy for Chip, he has put us with a lot over the years. Perhaps a group of neighbors should go over and talk to him. Lend him some support...Yeah, he's got a loud mouth, but underneath he's just a guy trying to sell "antiques" (mostly junk), but don't tell him that!

June 12, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

All right, I'll buy that it's tough to get unwelcome guests to leave one's business although that's a problem anyone open to the public has and what the police are for. But that does not explain the boarded up windows.

June 12, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

I've only had to toss 2 people from my tattoo shop in almost 11 years. I'll admit it was ugly, but it still hadta happen. (1) crazy mom, (1) crazy dude, oh and a guy tried to hold me up once, that didn't work out well for him either...

June 13, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

But when your glass door was broken, you had it fixed.

June 14, 2006  
Blogger TattooJim said...

LOL yup, that was horseplay at its worst..no crime involved any nobody got hurt, had it fixed the next morning, and there was a sleep over too! (nice one anniken...)

June 15, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I remember it well . . .

June 16, 2006  

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