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how i became a hipster (nytimes)
most dangerous neighborhoods (huffington post)
word of mouth: columbus (cool hunting)
new york elsewhere (the morning news)
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thebaucompair asked: Hi! Our soon-to-be house will be 100 years old next year and I'd love to get my hands on the blueprint of the original home. As you can imagine, much has been updated since it was built. Since you had some success with your new apartment (congratulations!) and because of your profession, I thought you might be able to point me in the right direction. Is this mission impossible?
hey! congrats, again, on the new place - v. exciting! some ideas of where you can find plans:
- first stop, your realtor. assuming that was already deemed a no-go.
- head to the city building department. any kind of mechanical, electrical or plumbing work / additions / interior or exterior alterations made over the past 100 years should have been (if past residents were going by the books) reviewed and permitted by the city - meaning (most likely) that plans were involved.
- another place is the local library archives. that will probably require a lot of digging, but could yield some interesting info.
- if your neighborhood is filled with other similar bungalow style homes, there’s a possibility that the area was developed within the same time frame / by the same architect. knock on your neighbors’ doors (w/ baked goods in hand?) (especially anyone who has been around for a substantial period of time) and see what they might have!
good luck - can’t wait to hear more about the house!
thedetroitfoodie asked: Glad you visited Detroit & thanks for spreading positivity about the city! Come back to visit again soon!
my pleasure! we will be back for sure… and what a great resource your blog will be!
friends, have a look at ‘the detroit foodie’ if you’re planning a visit - foodie or otherwise!