I snapped this picture on September 1st while biking through Johnny Northside’s neighborhood just North of Fairview Park.
Notice the phone book on the doorsteps. Quite a few houses in that area had phone books sitting on their doorsteps this past Labor Day.
This made me wonder when the phone books were delivered to that neighborhood. Johnny has pictures on his site with phone books from August 17th and April 24th of this year so it seems quite possible that the phone book in the above photo has been sitting on that doorstep for at least 2 weeks, if not 4 months.
Either way, the rotten phone books do nothing to help the neighborhood. They’re a clear sign of abandoned homes, making it easy for copper thieves, drug dealers, and prostitutes to find new homes to rob or use for business purposes.