Who’s the Bully?

“Pardon me, a new bunga-low.” – Laurie Thomas & Luke Koelsch

Don’t…ignore existing setbacks on the street. Don’t assume the zoning board is taking care of business. Don’t take a deli meat slicer to a hundred-year-old house. (Photo: John Watts)

This scene was shot in Long Beach. “I call it a California bungalow, victim of the Philadelphia Experiment,” says John Watts of Cerritos. (But it’s not a hoax: We can still see the brave little bungalow, which appears to be pushing back.)

“What a tragedy,” our visitor continues. “Who in the world would ever dream of doing this?” We wonder, was the bungalow encroaching on the lot next door, so a judge allowed the lop? The commercial enterprise made an offer the homeowner couldn’t refuse? This town has no setback requirements?

By the looks of the rosebushes and a chair on the half-porch, curtains in the windows, and a bow on the door, somebody still lives in the bungalow. Do rooms on the right crash up against a concrete wall? And why does the bunker have an exit onto the porch? Very mysterious.


Tags: OHJ October 2016 Remuddling

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