A segment of wall between two windows about three feet wide collapsed on the side on a shotgun house duplex on Franklin Street yesterday. A bright pink “Order To Vacate” was posted upside down on the front door. A tipster tells us there may have been talk of demolition by city folks, but the collapse isn’t that bad.
The house completes an impressive streetscape on Franklin between Campbell and Shelby Streets and the last “missing tooth” was recently filled in by the Franklin Flats two houses down. Opening up another vacant lot would destroy the progress that has already been made. Since the collapse is pretty minor and the building resides in a historic district, there’s plenty of reason to suspect it will survive. The house does need some maintenance work on the outside, especially a tuckpointing job to ensure the rest of the walls are sound.