An unfortunate event took place at the GO URBAN house. At some point in the late hours on Sunday night, someone broke into the back door of the house and removed copper pipe, electrical wiring in the basement as well as stealing a couple boxes of my tools.
I stopped by the house on my lunch break yesterday to discover what had happened. Certainly, this is not the update I wish to be giving with less than 48 hours left to go in my crowdfunding attempt on Indiegogo. I wish it was that I had eclipsed my $5,000 goal and would be well on the way to putting the pieces back together.
I was wrestling with whether or not I wanted to post this disappointing turn of events. On one hand, I could say nothing, turn a blind eye, and hope someone doesn’t find out.
But part of this project is to raise the awareness and consciousness of residents here that this isn’t an isolated incident. These are the types of things that happen day-in-day-out here in Peoria.
When filing the police report it was just another day for the officer. Nothing against him at all, but you can tell this wasn’t the first nor the last time he had seen something like this. There weren’t any pictures taken, no fingerprinting of the crime scene, nor any evidence taken back for examination. Chances are, nothing is going to be returned, the person responsible not found, and things go on as per usual.
And at that point, I realized that this entire project is based off the everyday things happening like this in and around Peoria that damage neighborhoods and needs to be addressed.
I’m sure no one would blame me for doing what I need to do and be done with it. I suppose I could tuck my tail and run. The common concerns when buying a house in a blighted, rundown area are that it isn’t safe, you shouldn’t put money into it, nobody cares about this place, and that it won’t change a thing.
The problems that face Peoria are many. They are the same as in bigger cities around the country and other older cities around Illinois, like Springfield, Decatur, Bloomington, Elgin, Aurora, and Joliet. It shouldn’t come as a surprise why no one would want to move into these areas or to those cities themselves.
If it’s ok to let it something like this slide for one day, then it’s ok for the next, the day after that, and so on… That leads into other negative things and a snowball effect takes place where all the sudden you have a lot larger problem on your hands than home values going down and businesses closing.
I mentioned my disappointment. There’s a wide range of emotions and expletives that I can think of. It’s a shame that it has come to a point in time where individuals are willing to risk so much for so little.
The things taken from the house will net pennies on the dollar and probably no more than $100. Sadly for me, it will take a lot more than that to replace the things that otherwise didn’t need repairing and tools that were very useful.
All that boils down to less money being able to be reinvested into the house and less money to be carried over into future projects.
Will this jeopardize the project? It definitely throws a kink into the mix. It is; however, a creative and crowd driven project. My original intentions were to replace things in need of repair using local stores, local workers, and to highlight the good, bad, and ugly of one of Peoria’s oldest neighborhoods that is in serious need of a new vision.
I believe this can still be done. In the project video I asked for numerous people of different backgrounds and interests to rally behind an idea. I have had great feedback, and many positive people looking to make a difference.
While there may only be two days left on my Go Urban, Young Man project, you can still help make a big impact, probably more so now than ever.
Things that are immediately on the list and in need of sponsoring are:
- Doors & Windows
- Security system
If you can make a contribution or would be willing to help out it would be much appreciated and I would be very grateful. If you, or a company you work for or know would like to sponsor a particular part of the house that would be awesome. Please share this post, my project link, Like the GO URBAN Facebook page, and more importantly – let’s try and change the path we’re on.