It Really is a Fire Lane. Or Used to be.
Monday, May 23, 2011 2:34:22 PM
Looking north from the south end of the Alley:
The LongView is on the right side of the alley here, almost to the end.
A bit closer:
Obviously, there was a shindig earlier. Fancy one. (OK, that means more than a keg of Miller Lite.)
Turning left we have
The opening on the right was also having a small (catered) thing, probably to kick off a new phase of construction for the new 24 restaurant. (The editor likes the number 24. It was a fun series. 24 is also a "fasctorial". It's not a perfect number, though. That's 28, albeit a small one.)
One notes the probable difficulty of a fire engine negotiating the alley, either to the backs of the business on Hinth Street or the residences on the north side of 900 M or 900 N.
Going to the center of the alley we have:
and, looking north:
A parked (perked?) car, no driver at this point.
The editor has had fires, either in his house or close by. They are frightening. Many of the older houses have some susceptibility to fires, given that over the years birds have built nests which have managed to fall between the exterior brick and the wood framing. That's dry straw. Add in an idiot taking paint off with a propane torch, and a single spark falling between said bricks and there is a fire, which will be visible several hours later.
The editor was told by someone who was there that a Fire Marshall and a guy from the Mayor's office were there and tickets were handed out. The editor suspects that it was the Ward 3 Constituent Service guy who is filling in for the Ward 2 person who is on vacation and was who at the Blagden Alley meeting Thursday evening and who was really good. The editor. unfortunately forgot his name, but he tried to call the general number (727-6900) of the Executive Office of the Mayor. After 15 ringy dingies he gave up. But it does say that someone downtown is doing a solid job.