As I was having my early morning coffee with a couple of fresh doonuts at the only doonut shop in the barrio, I notice that the city mayor came in to do the same. I asked the mayor, “is there any news in the barrio that I should know?” Well, there is but it’s a very sad one. “What happened,” I asked. Do you know of the 5 homes on the south part of the barrio that the barrio’s council condemmed them ? Yes, I do and what happened? This is what happened, the houses were to be torn-down but 2 of the families were still living on them and the council had gave them 30 days to move out. Being that there is no demolition company in the barrio so they hired an out-sider demolition company from a near-by town. The council said that they gave the demolition company the correct home addresses of the ones that were to be torn-down and I hate to say this! What happened, mayor, I said. Anyone got hurt? No, but inside the house was a female Chihuahua with 2 little poppies in the corner of one of the rooms. It was the first house that the demolition company were starting to tear-down. All the homes in the barrio are looks-alike. One of our city employee should have been there to make sure that the job was done right. The demolition company mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in the south part of the barrio. The sad thing about it was that the house owner was attending a funeral that day.
Do you know Mr. Bill Pushover, who also live in the south part of the barrio? Yes, I do, what happened? I am anxious to know, please Mr. Mayor, tell me! He died a couple of days ago and his wife, Mrs. Pushover was there at the funeral. When she came back from the funeral she found her home was gone. The only thing left was the slab foundation and the brick chimney. The house had been in the Pushover family for 50 years and Mr. Pushover’s father had it for another 50 years before that too. Mr. & Mrs. Pushover had kept their home in good shape for all these years. Mr. and Mrs. Pushover used to paint their house every 5 to 6 years. But, because Mr. Pushover was in and out of the hospital since the whole year, they couldn’t afford to paint the house again. The house didn’t look bad but the demolition company mistakenly torn it down, their home was not listed as condem,
Mrs. Pushover never worked in her life, except in her own house. She was always on top of things, she paid for her front lawn to be nice, trees were always trimmed, drive-way was clean, no oil spots, they always pay their bills, not like other barrio residents thaT are still have problems.
The neighbors were surprised that the Pushover family home was going down but nobody said anything. I heard that one neighbor tried to go talk to the demolition crew but was told to move away because it was not safe to get near that area while the demolition crew were working. The demolition crew supervisor had to holler to the neighbor to get out because of the loud noise that was going on tearing the house down. The whole south part of the barrio came to see what was going on and all stand at a distance and see the whole house went down., except the brick chimney and the slab foundation. The brick chimney and the slab foundation another crew is to finish the job.
Mr. Pancholin Carretas, I gotta go now to attend an important meeting at 7:00-a.m. in the city hall. But, Mr. Mayor, I know there is more for you to tell me and I have some questions to ask you, Mr. Mayor. And probably the barrio residents have lots of questions to ask too. I know, I know, but I gotta go now! It is a sad that this sore of thing is happening in the barrio.
Right away Mr. Mayor left the doonut shop and I stood there wondering of what is the barrio residents are going to do now. Will they sue the barrio council or the city Mayor?
We will not know until I have a chance to see the Mayor again and maybe talk to the barrio residents.
What do you think will happen? Have any idea? Are there any questions? If you do, then I will ask the city Mayor your questions next time I see him again!
There you have it. Believe it or not. You be the judge.
EYE ON THE BARRIO HOOD
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