Saturday, October 1, 2011
House Eval. in a Kalamazoo Neighborhood
Even though prof. McKinney told us that are target area was relatively safe, I felt quite uncomfortable walking around the neighborhood with a file, papers, and a pen in my pajamas. I received a few glare from the residents of that community. Some came out of their house to signify the proximity issue between me and their property. Obviously, it is understandable that documentation is not the best way to meet people, but I was there on a mission. The mission of founding "foreclosed" houses was quite problematic on my part because I could not clearly distinguish between houses with inhabitants and the ones without. I remembered prof. McKinney indicating that some people might be shocked by how nice/poor these houses are, and apparently I was one of those people. There were so many houses that was in a good condition that broke my perception of "foreclosed houses". Foreclosed doesn't necessarily mean houses that are in unlivable conditions. Yet, there were houses that seemed as if they had not been taken care of for some years. Anyways, don't go off campus in your pajamas.