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Can't say for sure how long the former fire station on Walnut Hill Lane near Marsh has looked like this, only because I haven't taken Walnut Hill to work since Monday, when it did not look like this. (I've been taking Marsh to Lemmon to Inwood to Maple, if you must know -- for tacos, delicious tacos.) But it looks like this now -- and, to be honest, it is a bit of an upgrade from its usual appearance as just one more city-owned structure allowed to go to seed.

The fire station, ol' No. 35, was built 'round '53 and replaced by its fancy across-the-street upgrade in December 2008. As recently as March 2010, the fire station wasn't boarded up; maybe you remember. But after windows were broken out, the city broke out the wood; can't believe it took this long for the building to serve as a canvas.

The city still owns the building, valued at around $180,000. For how much longer, I'm not sure: City Manager Mary Suhm said back in May that the city's willing to sell off some of its surplus properties, but only when the time -- and the price -- is right. Said Suhm, "We don't want to just give them away." But just last week Suhm and CFO Jeanne Chipperfield told the council they will try to offload surplus properties to balance the books that appear to be short anywhere from $48.9 million to $87 million, let's wait and see.

I'm still waiting on City Hall to send a list of surplus properties it's hoping to offload. I'll post when it arrives.

Oh, and if this is a Dallas Contemporary spin-off, well, my apologies.

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16 comments
Another whiney taxpayer
Another whiney taxpayer

You know this eyesore probably could have been leveled for less than the cost of the "art" on the lawn of the new station across the street.  I'd bet most of the residents in the area (aka taxpayers) would prefer a grassy empty lot over the current art/crack house combo.

Oh, and where the hell is Ann Margolin?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Delete 'tagged' and replace with 'vandalized'.   Tagging is the oh-so-cool word that can indicate that there is talent behind the defacing.

Let's call a spade a spade.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Am I missing something in this photo? It looks more like "a collection of walls without a roof or floor" than a former fire station. 

delicious tacos
delicious tacos

The northwest part of Dallas used to be nice, with well-kept houses and safe neighborhoods.  Now, not so much.  I wonder what happened?

Paul
Paul

Dagnabbit .. where are the code inspectors ... if this had been a privately owned structure, you would have gotten the court summons before the paint had dried.

I still like the reaction I got when I called on a code complaint about the broken out windows and other items on the old DPD building across the street from City Hall  ... OK here is your service number ... wait a minute that is City owned property ... my response "and?"

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Better the old fire station than the bridge over Joe's Creek in front of our house.Also, the quality of the graffiti on the station is better.  Do gang members on the west side of Marsh just not know how to paint?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

So Mary Suhm is supposedly going to abandon her existing efforts to "market time" her sales of City-owned real estate?  thank god.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Would be good if the city could make a decision on the former Walnut Hill Library as well. Tired of seeing the city and the taggers battle each other for paint supremacy.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Those are two photos -- the one on the right is the wall of the fire station. My fail.

olblueyes
olblueyes

Yeah lets spend more tax payer money than it would cost to buff this with a couple of cans of paint, OR to hire a LOCAL artist to paint it and pay for some overrated "street artist" (who charges $50 to see his "street art" inside of a gallery...) who simply uses illustrator and prints his wheat pastes and calls it "art". Most of these individuals are actual artists and this is simply what they do in their spare time. YOU try painting quality work in 15 minutes while your looking out for police and see how your work comes out. Hypocrite.

Dsa
Dsa

 I don't know, that Disney Streets area seems very nice. Also the area around Hockaday is very nice as well. Like most of Dallas, the nice areas are right next door to not so nice areas.

DallasBA
DallasBA

Northwest part of Dallas is kind of a broad stroke. Some areas are a little rougher, yes. But I don't think you can say all of it. For instance, the area Robert is referring to with the fire station is Midway Hollow, which has a vibrant and very active crime watch and has managed to reduce crime by at least 50% since its inception. 

That's why it's so aggravating. The homeowners around there work hard to turn a neighborhood around, comply to city code, and create beautiful lawns and pretty little 1950s bungalows, only to have the city allow an eyesore right at one of the entrances to the neighborhood.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

I've been a NW Dallas resident and homeowner for nearly eight years and beg to differ with your blanket assessment. Have you read the D magazine article on how Thomas Jefferson High School (just down the street from the fire station) worked with parents and neighbors to eradicate its drug problem? Did you know many of our neighborhoods have ENP programs and neighborhood watches? Have you seen the new retail development at NW Highway and Webb Chapel?

Your handle suggests none of this will sway your opinion, but just wanted to speak up for those of us who are proud to call it home.

Ed D.
Ed D.

 Ah. That makes much more sense.

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