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An Absence of Curb Appeal in the Historic District

Unsightly Utility Wires Strung Across Two C1860 Facades on Fleet Street in Annapolis Maryland August 16th 2017

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I set off on my walk this morning as the foggy conditions were beginning to dissipate in Annapolis. After picking up a cup of coffee on Maryland Avenue I wandered about waiting for the sun to make its appearance though it did take a while for that to occur. Needing to make a midmorning meeting at the top of the hour I began making my way down Fleet Street when these attached circa 1860 Federal influenced rowhouses garnered my attention.

No it certainly was not the first time that I had come across the two of them over the years yet this morning their shared facade appeared even more unsightly to me than ever before. Yes the colors of their respective fronts bordered on old and ugly while their replacement aluminum doors and windows had me pondering the City Historic Preservation guidelines. Actually it was the seemingly lackadaisical job performed by utility providers technicians over the years in channeling their respective service lines along both residence’s facades that stopped me in my tracks earlier.

Certainly there are those who might say this is yet another reason why utility lines should be buried in the Historic District, an expensive proposition for sure. As far as I’m concerned though this ugly urban residential setting is the result of sloppy work performed by each respective utility provider along with perhaps a lack of oversight by municipal departments as well.

Yes there are times when ugly merits a photograph as much as the good looking with historical Annapolis houses and buildings.

Have a good afternoon,

Glenn

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