No community has been left untouched by the nationwide mortgage crisis. In the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul, community leaders work to save the vacant homes, rather than demolish them. The Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council held its second vacant home tour on Sunday, October 26.
The weather was typically Minnesota not-so-nice with brisk winds, rain, and a little snow. In spite of that, 150 people turned out to tour the eight homes that were on the tour. Karin DuPaul, community organizer for District 4, says that as a result of yesterday’s tour, “We hope we have three sold.” She says that the community council will continue to track results over the next three months.
Ed Lambert, Executive Director of District 4 sees the home tours as a way to “promote Dayton’s Bluff as a place of possibilities for a better future.” He believes that the tours recruit potential homeowners who will live in the homes, rather than investors who will rent them out.
Mary Thoemke, a lifelong resident of Saint Paul, is a free lance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.