• May 15, 2005

Ghetto Adjacent

Jack My Ride: Finding a stripped and abandoned vehicle in the alley

Restoration Diary

Today I remembered how nervous I felt when we first moved into our house because of the area. In Los Angeles it is very prestigious to classify your area as Bel Air adjacent or Beverly Hills adjacent. We aren’t really in the ghetto, we’re more ghetto adjacent.

The funny thing is earlier today we were talking with some neighbors about how the neighborhood seems to be getting better. Then on our evening walk a block and a half up our quiet little street we saw this in the alley…

This car has been gutted, obviously a victim of a GTA. That’s grand theft auto for all you people out there who don’t attend block club meetings. The police officer who joined the meeting went over such things as gang activity, GTA’s, and assaults for our area. I was the dumb girl fresh off the turnip truck who raised her hand, “Excuse me officer, what’s a GTA?”

All that is left is just the shell of the car. Everything down to the lights has been stripped away.

No seats, nothing. I think this car used to be some type of a Honda. Maybe a Civic? It’s hard to tell.

Comments { 15 }
  1. Grex

    Think of it as modern art. If that car were in a gallery in NY or Paris it would go for a half million dollars. And you get it on your street – FOR FREE! How luck y are you?

  2. Jocelyn

    funny…we are in “the hood” a bit in Chicago’s north side. On new year’s day, I walked over to the store and there was a smashed store front window and a van crashed into a parked car. The van was still running at 10am-like someone just ditched it the night before. Just as I got on my cell phone to call the police, a city tow truck arrived. We have this kind of thing going on periodically, but we also have people who call the police-like us. It makes for a more colorful existence sometimes though, doesn’t it?

  3. Sean

    Don’t feel bad – For some reason, we get abandoned/ stolen cars left in front of our house on a semi regular basis – I have parking the parking enforcement telephone number on speed dial…..

  4. Jack

    That car is… err was a Honda Civic Si. Kids rip them off along with Acura Integras to put those more performance oriented parts onto their cars, usually base model civics, etc. Theft rates are very very high on these cars.

  5. StuccoHouse

    You can only laugh, huh? I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore when I realized the wheels on the carts at Target and the grocery stores near me locked when you got to the edge of the parking lot.

  6. SANDY

    For a minute I panicked thinking that this was your car, Heather. It would save a lot on air conditioning and interior cleaning as the rain would wash away all filth. Interestingly, it doesn’t look to different from one of our cars – a 1990 Honda with ripped interior, too many milk stains, and permanently compressed seats from years of car seats being strapped in. The boys keep talking about “pimping daddy’s ride” in order for him to get a nicer car.

  7. merideth

    ah yes, we too are ghetto ajacent…and while i have yet to see a completely gutted car around, for some reason our street is the drop off point for all stolen cars…usually 2 or so a month…another bonus is the plethora of wigs, hair extensions, and weave-segments that can be found in intersections and gutters due to being ripped out in some “confrontation”…now THAT, baby, is ghetto adjacent

  8. aimee

    Ha HA Ha, we lived in a temporary suburban apt. after moving to a new city. It was in a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens FL and of course we hated it having left a much more urban area. Our relatives would say stuff about how much safer the area was while we were working on our now current home (historic ‘hood in West Palm). We noticed a car that did not belong at the apt that sat reversed into a space with no wipers, uhm. 3 months go by and we call the property manager and she sends someone out to check. Yep, it’s hot. no tag, inside stripped couldn’t see that part for the tinted windows. Police had been looking for it for 3 months. So much for less crime in the burbs.

  9. Derek Canavan

    We’re not ghetto adjacent, rather we’re ghetto enveloped. BUT! our house was 200 grand cheaper than the same house non ghetto so we bought it. We’ve had home invaders, a ladder theft, my cat got shot (she’s ok) 3 auto windows smashed and my bushes used to get a steady stream of wino pee every day. But in three years, the whole neighborhood has turned around. the 7 houses surrounding me all sold within 1 year after we bought and cleaned up our place and there are nice young families bringing back vintage 3000 square foot stucco bungalows on all sides of me. Just tonight I was at the neighbors with my little kids for dinner. Now we ain’t Mayberry RFD, not yet, but we’re working on it.

  10. RPF

    HGF, just left Washington today and saw no signs of stripped cars in the area or any GTAs. I still can make a fair deal on the properity.
    Love RPF

  11. halloweenlover

    I can’t believe David actually commented on your house out of all the houses! Well, it certainly isn’t true now. Anyone would drool over how beautiful it looks.

    I think that buying a fixer upper is the best way to start, as long as you are ready to put in the sweat equity. I love our house, it certainly makes me feel like I own so much and have invested a lot into it.

  12. Robert Young

    I know this has nothing to do with your neighborhood, but I sent a question a while back about what stain you used on your woodwork because it is awesome. I was wondering if you could please let me know because I am in the process of re-doing all my work in my 1915 bungalow. Your help will be much appreciated.

  13. heather

    Hello! I must have missed your earlier post. I haven’t been the best about checking the website lately.

    The dining room which was done earlier is actually a slightly different color than the rest of the wood in the house. Another thing to keep in mind is that the color will get a little darker after the varnish is applied.

    Here are the 2 “recipes” that were used in our house:
    Dining Room:
    Watco Danish Oils – 3 parts Dark Walnut to 1 part Cherry

    Living Room, Den and Back Porch woodwork:
    Minwax Stains – 2 parts Special Walnut, 1.5 parts Cherry, .5 Red Oak

    Just mix all the colors up in a big bucket.
    Best of Luck with your project!

  14. greg

    I can understand feeling like one is surrounded by the ghetto (no racist comments intended here)and all the excitement that a location like this brings. We have had a car dumped on our side drive covered in motor oil to prevent dusting for fingerprints.

    We live in an area that has now become very desirable – our house just appraised at 3 1/2 times the purchase price of a few years back. While the neighborhood has improved greatly my vehicle has taken another assult from the black transvestite hookers (BTV’s for those going on mobile crime watch) but we live to tell about it and thrill our coworkers with descriptions of encounters during “hooker patrol”. But having said that I would not trade knowing my neighbors or our weekly potlucks (5 years now) for any other area.

    I love my neighborhood and would not move for anything in the world – except maybe another great bungalow fixer-upper!

    Heather you have done a great job (your hubby too) in restoring your home and keeping a neighborhood filled with wonderful old homes a viable friendly neighborhood. By the way, I found your link on our neighborhood chat group!

    Keep up the good work and the inspiration to others!!

  15. Courtney Gidts

    I’ve managed to save up roughly $34,355 in my bank account, but I’m not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?

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