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(AZCentral)   In one of the most passive-aggressive displays ever, man paints colorful polka dots all over his home as a protest statement against the city   (azcentral.com) divider line 179
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2012-05-04 03:17:56 PM  

Egoy3k: Why on earth does the color of this guy's house have anything at all to do with the values of neighbors houses or even that much to do with the value of his house? If it had any effect on the value of the house it should only an amount representing the cost of repainting it.

Sort of like "Alright knock off the cost of having a professional make this house look less like a circus performer and we have a deal."

I never understood this part of property valuation. It's like those stupid shows where they redecorate somebodys house to make it sell. WTF? Unless the furniture and decorations come with the house I couldn't care less how they are arranged. I'd rather know that it's well insulated the house is, the crime rate in the neighborhood, my commute time, how good the wirieing is etc.


I think it is just a perceived value thing. When I was selling my condo I had about 100 people walk through it when it was empty and advertised in the local paper with zero offer. I moved back in some of my furniture, a few hanging baskets on the deck, and staged it with some cheap yardsale artwork. After a week I had two offers and sold it to the second lady. Having a staged house with furniture does make it sell faster. I assume because people are idiots.
 
2012-05-04 03:20:18 PM  

hudef: Technical question here: what differentiates a polka dot from an ordinary one?


I think it's the ability to able to dance backwards (w/a partner) while drunk to a band of red faced, somewhat roly poly musicians who last names all end with "ski" playing zesty ethnic music.

//occasionally, colorful ethnic costumes are worn.
///cool house. I see it as another blow against mediocrity
/"Na Zdrowie!"
 
2012-05-04 03:22:31 PM  
Labgrrl. " hoping I can find a low-maintenance thing, some company that sells really, really, really blue siding."

What?
Use real wood siding and paint it blue. That will last you much longer than manufactured siding. And will increase your house value.
 
2012-05-04 03:24:15 PM  

grimlock1972: North Dakotans are crazy , i should know i live downwind from Fargo ND


This guy? He always seemed pretty clean to me.

i652.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-04 03:25:29 PM  

junkmetal: Heh, this reminds me of an old coot that lived in The Colony Texas about 85/86, had some dispute with the city so he painted his house (that was in a very good location to be seen) a god awful purple. Someone eventually bought him out, there are fast food places and a housing edition through there now.


Try miami. Most houses are some bright neon or patel color. And you know what? Put enough together and it's no longer an eyesore
 
2012-05-04 03:30:41 PM  
Ryan Brooks, the city's senior planner, said the polka dot house is an eyesore and that he thinks it's Deitz's way of protesting the city's decision not to buy the property.

"It's hard to say what this gentleman's true motives are," Brooks said. "I think my opinion is the same as everybody -- I wouldn't want to be living next to it."


You don't speak for me asshole.
 
2012-05-04 03:30:43 PM  
What's with all the shiat in the trees? The polka dots, who cares. but that shiat in the trees really needs to go.
 
2012-05-04 03:31:33 PM  

Spoon over Marin: Labgrrl. " hoping I can find a low-maintenance thing, some company that sells really, really, really blue siding."

What?
Use real wood siding and paint it blue. That will last you much longer than manufactured siding. And will increase your house value.


I'm close enough to water, industrial areas and highway to get a lot of scumniness. I wash it off with a powerwasher, since my whole goal is to have pretty without a lot of work, I don't think that would work for me.

Also, I live in one of the places with the lowest home values in the US. The only thing that would make a difference in the value of my house is moving it.

In a few more years maybe they'll get the outside polymer science better and I can just pull all the ugly-ass siding off. The wood is actually in excellent condition underneath it, very little would need outright replacing.
 
2012-05-04 03:32:54 PM  
I really love this house by the way. I am making some tire planters and was trying to figure out how to blend the 5 colors I bought to paint them to make them look cool stacked together. I think I will go this way...white base paint then the multi-colored polka dots.
 
2012-05-04 03:34:21 PM  
I'll wait for the less law-abiding residents of the low income facility to think that the polka dots look a lot like gun targets.
 
2012-05-04 03:40:05 PM  

Rufus Lee King:


When Dot spots does she call it dotting?
 
2012-05-04 03:40:51 PM  
Ever notice that men's three-piece polka dot suits are really hard to find?
 
2012-05-04 03:41:57 PM  

clancifer: I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.


If only what he was doing would have any influence on the price of nearby homes, you might have a point.

AllUpInYa: I'll wait for the less law-abiding residents of the low income facility to think that the polka dots look a lot like gun targets.


Well aren't you precious, you think poor people are all violent.
 
2012-05-04 03:43:34 PM  

WhyteRaven74: clancifer: I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.

If only what he was doing would have any influence on the price of nearby homes, you might have a point.

AllUpInYa: I'll wait for the less law-abiding residents of the low income facility to think that the polka dots look a lot like gun targets.

Well aren't you precious, you think poor people are all violent.


You know how we all know that you have never been within a mile of HUD housing...?
 
2012-05-04 03:44:38 PM  
If you are the kind of person that is put off by the thought of living in a neighborhood which contains a polka-dotted house, you deserve to have a shiatty life.
 
2012-05-04 03:47:07 PM  

LabGrrl: Spoon over Marin: Labgrrl. " hoping I can find a low-maintenance thing, some company that sells really, really, really blue siding."

What?
Use real wood siding and paint it blue. That will last you much longer than manufactured siding. And will increase your house value.

I'm close enough to water, industrial areas and highway to get a lot of scumniness. I wash it off with a powerwasher, since my whole goal is to have pretty without a lot of work, I don't think that would work for me.

Also, I live in one of the places with the lowest home values in the US. The only thing that would make a difference in the value of my house is moving it.

In a few more years maybe they'll get the outside polymer science better and I can just pull all the ugly-ass siding off. The wood is actually in excellent condition underneath it, very little would need outright replacing.


That ugly ass siding often works like plastic in keeping moisture in instead of out. The best fix if your original siding is in good shape may be to pull off the siding, paint the original lap board with a maritime rated paint. That paint can be tinted haint blue if you like.
Sorry for the thread jack.
 
2012-05-04 03:48:51 PM  

Mad Scientist: I'd be ok with it, except that some of the larger dots are not perfectly round. That really bugs me.


EXACTLY. Expecially the orange one on the side near the roof.
 
2012-05-04 03:50:01 PM  

FormlessOne: I'm always baffled by people who are happy to sign away the very rights that make home ownership worthwhile by accepting the petty fascism of an HOA.


Agrees.
 
2012-05-04 03:50:48 PM  

Ilmarinen: Expecially


v_v *le sigh*
 
2012-05-04 03:51:32 PM  

Rufus Lee King: halB: Most houses are some bright neon or patel color.

Hey, whaddaya, a racist?

[www.thestranger.com image 400x338]


LOL WUT?
images.eonline.com
 
2012-05-04 03:52:23 PM  

Degenerate Monkey: Ilmarinen: Expecially

v_v *le sigh*


Rats. That's what I get for typing too fast. In my defense, it looked way too much like the previous word.
 
2012-05-04 03:55:38 PM  

WhyteRaven74:

AllUpInYa: I'll wait for the less law-abiding residents of the low income facility to think that the polka dots look a lot like gun targets.

Well aren't you precious, you think poor people are all violent.


And aren't you a candidate for remedial reading comprehension.
 
2012-05-04 03:56:52 PM  
Maybe he's a huge Damien Hirst fan.
 
2012-05-04 04:00:29 PM  

rustypouch: I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.

So you feel the need to control what other people do with their property?


IMHO: yes, because some choices impact everyone around you. If a bunch of like-minded people want to establish rules for their neighborhood, good for them.

In 10 years I've gotten one letter from my HOA because I had some peeling paint on our pillars. I'd been thinking about re-painting our pillars and trim for months, so it was fine with me.
 
2012-05-04 04:01:23 PM  

scarmig: clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.



I'd rather live next to the polka dotted house than have to beat up HOA nazis every year.


This.

And... you know what? I kinda like the wide variety of landscaping styles in my neighborhood. It makes walking down the street interesting. It ranges from people that have a front-yard that's almost a japanese garden, to the lady who has pink flamingo's and various knicknacks nestled among the hordes of flowerbeds, to rock gardens, to little parks with benches and such. So far mine's boring as heck, but you know what? If I were to do something crazy that'd never fly in a HOA to my yard? My neighbors would be stopping by to encourage it while I work.

Was rather amusing when a neighboring HOA lady got confused and thought we fell under her auspices (or didn't care that we didn't) and mailed a notice out to our pink-flamingo embracing resident.

Shortly thereafter a mass pink flamingo protest arose just to make sure that whoever the annoyed HOAer was had a reason to be annoyed :P

Anyways, I'm rambling, CSB and all. Back to the point. I live in a neighborhood that's alive with people that express themselves and neighbors that all know each other. My brother's HOA neighborhood? He knows one neighbor and it all looks the same.
 
2012-05-04 04:13:31 PM  

Jument: rustypouch: I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.

So you feel the need to control what other people do with their property?

IMHO: yes, because some choices impact everyone around you. If a bunch of like-minded people want to establish rules for their neighborhood, good for them.

In 10 years I've gotten one letter from my HOA because I had some peeling paint on our pillars. I'd been thinking about re-painting our pillars and trim for months, so it was fine with me.



So, you painted them purple or bronze or something. Right?
 
2012-05-04 04:19:31 PM  
Reminded me of one of my favorite childhood shows
upload.wikimedia.org
Polkaroo!
 
2012-05-04 04:23:25 PM  

PeterPipersPickledPecker: You know how we all know that you have never been within a mile of HUD housing...?


Not all low income housing is HUD housing. Not by a long shot.
 
2012-05-04 04:27:11 PM  

Spoon over Marin: JackieRabbit: CSB: some years ago, I lived in Charleston, CS. For those of you who haven't visited there, it's a very old and lovely city. Charlestonians can be pills, especially about maintaing the historical integrity of the peninsular city. They have a board of architectural review that must approve any plans to make modifications or repairs to any home within the National Historic District. These approvals include repainting a house and they are very strict; only about seven colors are approved and they will deny any permit that isn't for one of these colors. Well, a guy had just bought a very old and expensive home and it needed painting. The BAR denied his permit because he didn't want to use one of the approved colors. This pissed him off. The Spoleto Festival USA was just around the corner, so as an "art" display for the festival and to piss on the BAR, he had his house painted using all of the BAR approved colors, but in a camouflage pattern. To be honest, the house looked awesome. But the BAR was not amused and sued him. They lost their case because the regulation said that BAR colors had to be used, but didn't stipulate to how many could be used. Later, the man agreed to repaint the house to meet BAR standards, but only if the BAR paid for it.

There are very few arb's that dictate color. Charleston is one exception. You should be aware of these regulations before buying an expensive piece of property in a historic district. I do like how he protested, but he sounds like an ass who feels entitled because he has money.


Well, he got a lot of media attention and national media at that, since Spoleto festival was something of a big deal then. So Yeah, he was something of an attention whore. But he made the point that they could be a tad more flexible on their color allowances. The color his wife chose was rejected only because the shade was a little too light. The colors were restricted to those that would have been available at the time the structure was built. I will say this for the BAR; they did a very good job of keeping Charleston looking like Charleston has looked for nearly 300 years.

Property is very expensive in Charleston, especially South of Broad. Charlestonians don't like to talk about it, but many of heir most beautiful homes were owned by New Yorkers at the time. Probably still are. But many are still owned by the families who have owned them for centuries. I can assure you that these people are not attention whores. Well at least not in the modern sense.
 
2012-05-04 04:28:11 PM  

I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.


Meh. I don't mind visual stuff that's contained on the other guy's property. It's his. I love my HOA because they crack ass on unreasonable (read: after 9 PM and before 7 AM) noise, which does NOT stay on the other guy's property.
 
2012-05-04 04:30:16 PM  
gravy chugging cretin.: grimlock1972: North Dakotans are crazy , i should know i live downwind from Fargo ND

You're from Moorhead? (Fargo's slutty little sister?}

Nah Detroit Lakes, about an hour east of Fargo but close enough to smell the crazy.


Hey now, children, everybody loves Morehead.
Also, Detroit Lakes has more swimmers itch than Snooki's pantalones.

grimlock1972: fanbladesaresharp: WhippingBoy: Gonad the Ballbarian: [i2.photobucket.com image 390x293]

Kinda cool, I think...

He only wants $150k for that? Holy schmidt, I'm living in the wrong part of the world.

Yup. Rent out those 6 apartments for 6-700 bucks a month and that'll be paid off in a hurry.


You realize this is North Dakota?
/large doubles, even triples rarely get that much
//FarkingFargo
 
2012-05-04 04:32:29 PM  
Something like that happened around the area where I grew up. There was this great old bar in Audubon, PA, called Bud's Bar, which resided in a historic stone colonial. I guess the guy was trying to sell it when the township farked him over. From what I heard, when they parked a bank and a CVS right next door to him, they changed the zoning so the owner could no longer sell.

In one of the most headache-inducing acts of revenge I've ever witnessed, he painted the entire, historic stone building a bright radiation green, with hideous wonderbread polka-dots. Then he boarded the place up.

A big fark-you to the township...and anyone driving along Egypt Road.

Fake Edit: I found a story with pics here. Apparently they've since painted over it, but you can see what the locals got to stare at every day for years:
http://lowerprovidenceoutloud.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-not-easy-being - green.html
 
2012-05-04 04:33:31 PM  

LarryDan43: Stupid. You paint it to look like a flag and then post it to facebook along with a paypal address to send you money for turn it into a 1st-Amendment-Hater's attack on freedom.


- you're welcome
 
2012-05-04 04:38:45 PM  

Sticky Hands: The Polka Dot Door
The Polka Dot Door
Let's peek through the Polka Dot Door
Songs and stories and so much more
So come in
Through the Polka Dot Door
This is the time we always say
Get ready, get set for stick up my ass authoritarians Day
so come on in the polka dot way.

FTFY

// he should paint the door green though, that would amuse me greatly.

 
2012-05-04 04:40:00 PM  

gaslight: Ever notice that men's three-piece polka dot suits are really hard to find?


I always wondered where Herb Tarlik bought his suits.
 
2012-05-04 04:42:42 PM  

WhippingBoy: Gonad the Ballbarian: [i2.photobucket.com image 390x293]

Kinda cool, I think...

He only wants $150k for that? Holy schmidt, I'm living in the wrong part of the world.


Yup. I love where I live now but when retirement/fixed income age hits I foresee moving to someplace a little more affordable.
 
2012-05-04 04:44:37 PM  

Lipspinach: Sticky Hands: The Polka Dot Door
The Polka Dot Door
Let's peek through the Polka Dot Door
Songs and stories and so much more
So come in
Through the Polka Dot Door
This is the time we always say
Get ready, get set for stick up my ass authoritarians Day
so come on in the polka dot way.

FTFY

Sticky Hands: The Polka Dot Door
The Polka Dot Door
Let's peek through the Polka Dot Door
Songs and stories and so much more
Through the Polka Dot Door
This is the time we always say
Get ready, get set for stick up my ass authoritarians Day
so come on in the polka dot way.

// he should paint the door green though, that would amuse me greatly.

Loved that show! Polka dot shorts made me angry when it came out. Don't mess with perfection! woo Polkaroo!

 
2012-05-04 04:45:09 PM  

scarmig: Jument: rustypouch: I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.

So you feel the need to control what other people do with their property?

IMHO: yes, because some choices impact everyone around you. If a bunch of like-minded people want to establish rules for their neighborhood, good for them.

In 10 years I've gotten one letter from my HOA because I had some peeling paint on our pillars. I'd been thinking about re-painting our pillars and trim for months, so it was fine with me.


So, you painted them purple or bronze or something. Right?


Hopefully.

I still don't understand the need to makes others conform.

If I ran a HoA, I made it so each house had to have a unique color scheme. It would look cool, attract interesting people to the neighborhood, and be a turn-off to petty, small-minded people who don't want to risk seeing something that might offend them.
 
2012-05-04 04:45:16 PM  

phalamir: Considering it is a century old, the original colors were probably closer to the dots than the background white. The late Victorian/Edwardian house palette would have shamed an X-tripping raver - and clashing, not complimenting was a style directive, which makes you wonder if people back then really did see in black&white.


so true! There are a few authentic painted ladies here in SF that are downright dayglow. Pink and purple, orange an canary yellow were as popular as belted onions back in the day.
 
2012-05-04 04:46:16 PM  

Recoil Therapy: This Looks Fun: People that are driven to an HOA because of things like this deserve what they get from an HOA.

Indeed. BTW, your screen name exactly matches my thoughts on this story.


Thanks; it's my little sanity check that usually works. I try not to post unless what I'm posting fits the criteria.
 
2012-05-04 04:49:49 PM  
I am all for people painting their houses whatever damn color or colors they want. Its harmless fun and adds some novelty to the neighborhood. I would be just fine if my neighbors on both sides did the same.

clancifer

2012-05-04 08:06:02 AM

AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.

Ima4: I am not sure why this would make anyone want to buy in an HOAville. Even if you dont particularly care for his sense of style why would you give up every bit of freedom you have as a homeowner just to prevent your neighbor from painting his house a color you dont like? Its just some silly paint. It alters not one molecule of your property. How exactly does it affect you?

I hear it now..."boo hoo hooo,.... but it might lower my property values". Its not your neighbor's problem that the real estate market is completely irrational. When you buy a house you buy that piece of land, the wood, glass, concrete, plastic, etc that is on it. Not the neighborhood or some particular view. You simply didnt pay for those things and cant expect them to be under your control. You may like or dislike those other aspects of the area but its not what you bought, nor should any aspect of it alter the price of the stuff you actually bought. If I park a car on one street rather than another does it suddenly change in value? No. Why on Earth should a house?
 
2012-05-04 04:56:46 PM  
Welcome! To this guy's house.
Hello, and welcome!
You can do anything, anything at all, at this guys house!
The only limit is yourself.
Welcome! To this guy's house.
 
2012-05-04 05:08:11 PM  
Could not live by. Probability of bad flashbacks from summer of '89 too great.

/yes those kind
 
2012-05-04 05:08:38 PM  
The city planner sounds like a jerk. Then again most of them are.
 
2012-05-04 05:09:00 PM  

AlanSmithee: gaslight: Ever notice that men's three-piece polka dot suits are really hard to find?

I always wondered where Herb Tarlik bought his suits.


media.kickstatic.com

www.purecooke.com

Those were hideously loud, even by the standards of the time
 
2012-05-04 05:13:31 PM  
I'd happily move in there. This guy seems friendly and creative, and I'd much prefer living near a guy like that than a nose-in-the-air HOA prig. I think we'd get along just fine; after all, it's the neighbors who make a neighborhood, not the houses.
 
2012-05-04 05:15:20 PM  

daniesmiley: Loved that show! Polka dot shorts made me angry when it came out. Don't mess with perfection! woo Polkaroo!


Yeah me too obviously.
I was unemployed a couple of years ago & couldn't
afford cable, so I ended up watching nothing but TVOKids. ALL DAY! LOL
It's not nearly the same as it was when I was a kid, but it was a lot of fun 'til I got
another job. The content had changed drastically though from when I was a child.
 
2012-05-04 05:17:28 PM  

rustypouch: If I ran a HoA, I made it so each house had to have a unique color scheme. It would look cool, attract interesting people to the neighborhood, and be a turn-off to petty, small-minded people who don't want to risk seeing something that might offend them.


This statement is, in and of itself, small-minded and petty. You judge would judge someone so harshly by their aesthetic tastes?
 
2012-05-04 05:18:34 PM  

HailRobonia: He should just claim that the house is built on an Indian burial ground and was painted by a poltergeist named Polka Hauntus.


I've got the album.

polkahaunt.us
 
2012-05-04 05:22:17 PM  

LabGrrl: Furthermore, if the area really does have a problem with tagging, I worked with a graffiti remediation group in college, and multicolored things don't get tagged as much for a bunch of reasons, including the fact that people pay attention to them and the fact that if you have light and dark patches it messes up the graffiti.


Yeah because random taggers are known for their knowledge of colour pallettes, heh. Your home sounds really cool. Good luck getting the right color siding. :)
 
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