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It comes up every single time the subject of 508 Park Avenue is mentioned (which, right, has been plenty in recent weeks both on Unfair Park and in the paper version of Unfair Park): The building in which Robert Johnson, Bob Wills and perhaps even Charlie Parker recorded has not sold because of its proximity to The Stewpot. So say the owners, Glazer's Distributors and Colby Properties. So says the Realtor, now charged with selling both 508 Park Avenue and the neighboring Masonic Temple. So say potential buyers who eventually backed out. And, in this weekend's Dallas Morning News story on the very familiar subject, so said Willis Winters, an assistant director in the Dallas Park and Recreation Department: "The problem isn't the building itself -- it's what's located across the street. And those poor owners are taking the full burden of that."
Which is why a Friend of Unfair Park forwards along this item from the Dallas Homeless Network, in which "lindalou" insists that the homeless are being used as scapegoats by all involved:
We are talking about human beings here who have the same feelings and needs as everyone else. The article is a piece of #@%! Tear the building down and move on (I will believe it when I see it) or better yet Colby Properties could just donate it to The Stewpot or the City of Dallas to use for homeless services or housing.
The Robert Johnson Memorial Building for the Homeless. What a great honor for him.
In very related news, Pat O'Shea, who had been with Glazer's Distributors since it bought the building in the late 1950s and who had been trying to sell it for years, died Monday night at the age of 79. The last time I spoke with him was in October, by which point he had become frustrated with the city's recent code-enforcement crackdown downtown. "You wanna buy it?" he asked; I told him, "If only I had the money." He was hospitalized shortly afterward.