NOBODY CLAIMS HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF STREET (May, 1929)

NOBODY CLAIMS HOUSE IN MIDDLE OF STREET

CITY fathers of Santa Monica, California, were confronted with a perplexing problem recently when they woke up one morning to find that a full-sized residence had sprouted up overnight in the middle of one of its main streets, blocking traffic and causing much consternation on the part of neighbors. Upon investigation, it developed that a house mover had transported the building to a vacant lot under contract with the owner, only to discover that the lot didn’t belong to the house owner at all. The real owner of the lot protested to such good effect that the police set a special guard over the house to prevent its being moved onto the lot on the sly. Frantic officials were unable to discover any law forbidding the parking of houses in the street, but eventually hit upon the plan of tagging the building for obstructing traffic, and the owners were forced to appear in traffic court.

2 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: May 23, 201212:35 pm

    They also could have ticketed it for not having a licence plate as well.

  2. Stephen Edwards says: May 23, 20123:18 pm

    I doubt the license plate trick would have worked: isn’t that a moving violation?

    This would never happen in Manhattan because of weekly street cleaning. They’d find some way to tow it away.

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