Dayton's Bluff isn't going to let its housing get torn down. So many others are crying in their beer about the blight and problems that vacant homes create in a neighborhood. Dayton's Bluff doesn't believe in whining. They look for solutions. As a community, Dayton's Bluff has organized a Vacant Homes "Possibilities Tour" for next weekend May 3-4, Saturday from noon to 5 PM and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Note the different spin using the title "Possibilities". What a great advertising piece.
It was doubly amusing to me to find this tour advertised as part of last weekend's tour. Do it yourself-ers or wannabe do it yourself-ers are those checking out the remodeled homes of the Minneapolis St. Paul home tour. The best home buyers for the vacant buildings are those who can, or dream of, restoring an old home to its former glory. The fulfillment (and collapse) of that dream has open season in the vacant home tour. Many of the homes can be purchased for less than market prices compensating the the condition that some will be in.
If you've ever considered doing rehab on an old St. Paul home, this might be a way to check out your options. The tour starts at 798 East 7th Street in St. Paul with FREE trolley rides to the homes! The trolley ride alone is an attraction for me! More info can be obtained at the Dayton's Bluff website.