The indignity of being foreclosed upon is hard enough, the City of Minneapolis magnified the problem by boarding the man up in his house.
Ted Poetsch lived in this house his whole life. He made a few mistakes and lost his home, an issue that has affected millions of other households. But for the city of Minneapolis to board him up in his own home is an indignity that should not be suffered by anyone.
Cane in hand, he lurched around, throwing a few things in bags, putting Kitty in the carrier. He heard the contractor outside starting to drill into the door frame.
Poetsch made his way down his narrow stairway, resigned to the end he had resisted for three years, through personal financial missteps, the false promise of a foreclosure “rescue” and a court victory that gave him short-lived hope.
He came to the door and realized that he was too late. A truck had driven away from the house, prompting those outside to think the tenants were gone. Poetsch had been boarded up inside his house.
City officials say Poetsch had ample warning that they were coming that day, but they say his brief incarceration was an unprecedented mistake. In many ways, Poetsch’s experience is emblematic of the forces that have fastened plywood over so much of the North Side and urban neighborhoods across America. via the Star Tribune.