Sunday, January 8, 2023

Farish Street Fire

 A building is on fire near the corner of Amite and Farish Streets.  Pictures and video are posted below.  The building once home to Star Steam Laundry.  The address is 212 North Farish Street.



Anonymous said...

Yet another eyesore for west Jackson

Anonymous said...

Urban renewal at its best. If now they will tear it down once the embers cool off - but knowing Jackson, that won't happen for several years.

But - its Farrish Street, it will fit in well with all the other empty shell of buildings facing the $8 million brick streets.

Anonymous said...

Boil water notice in 3 2 1. That’s worse than all those leaks last week!!!

Anonymous said...

Vagrants trying to stay warm burn down another building.

Anonymous said...

Hope it didn't spread to the B.B.King Facility or the Muddy Waters Museum.

Anonymous said...

KF, any post that includes 3 2 1, Jackistan (or similar names), “asking for a friend,” “Democrats” when the writer means minorities, or a nickname for the Mayor, as well as a claim to have “left Jackson,” should be banned for lack of imagination.

Anonymous said...

Empty buildings attract drunks and crackheads. Drunks and crackheads get cold. Sad but common story for so many empty buildings in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

They missed the photo of Chokwe out there playing his fiddle?

Anonymous said...

It is hard to put out a fire without water.

Anonymous said...

Urban Renewal on the cheaP.
Will this attract businesses to Jackson?

Anonymous said...

Shocking that the mainstream local news outlets seem to be ignorant of the history of this building. They all refer to it as being abandoned, when in reality it’s owned by the Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA) and has been held hostage for almost 2 decades. Back when there was still some glimmer of hope in the city of Jackson, there were literally people lining up to develop these buildings.

Even Melvin Priester was quoted when he was on the city council as saying: “If we look at Farish Street over the next five years and it’s been a success, my bet is that what has happened is that we’ve let locals be in charge of those spaces. If we look at Farish Street in five years and it proves to not be successful, my bet is that we haven’t given enough opportunity for the people who live here, grew up here, breathe and live Jackson to control and manage the spaces.”

Here is a great piece on the history of Farish street, including the failed development attempts:

This begs the question of what is the city government of Jackson good at. Anything at all???

Anonymous said...

7:27. What I think about KF posting from the list of folks you mentioned is, keep doing it. It is protected free speech only controlled by Kingfish. He's shit canned some of the things I've said and that's his prerogative. Just lighten up and start your own blog so you can do what you want to do.

Anonymous said...

A few days the JFD chief bloviated to the media how lack of water isn't an issue as their engines have 500 gallons of water on each engine, so no problem.

Here are the facts. A structure engine pumps 250 gallons/minute through each 2-1/2 inch hose, which is required for a structural fire, but hopefully 2-3 hoses.

With two 2-1/2 hoses that would be 1 minute of wet stuff (water) on the red stuff (fire).

The chief is full of poop like the holiday goose.

How are you homeowner's insurance premiums? Have the underwriters noticed yet?

Anonymous said...

at 8:59 -- I wondered the same thing. That was the first thing I thought of when I read the article. (that and why does JRA still get to have some role in development efforts in Jackson?) How did they write the article about the building burning, and completely leave out that this building has been one of the main buildings at the front & center of city/JRA attempts at redevelopment of Farish Street over the years.

Anonymous said...

8:59 excellent comment. Everyone should read

Kent Dear said...

8;38 for FIRE CHIEF!!!!

Anonymous said...

@10:00 AM for Fire Chief!

Anonymous said...

Those $8,000,000 brick streets will have to be torn up to replace the ancient water lines. Right?

Anonymous said...

7:27 - Why do you have a problem with reality?

Anonymous said...

10:45 Yes. Even worse, they were put down before the (anticipated) development occurred, so had it moved forward, all you would have had was about $8,000,000 worth of red dust to clean up before they were replaced due to heavy (weight) traffic!

I always wondered who in the world thought it was a good idea to put those pavers down before the first concrete truck, crane, etc. rolled down the street! Of course, whoever put them down may have well known THEN that Farish Street had no chance of being redeveloped.

Someone with even pretty good sense could tell beforehand that that whole project was sketchy, at best.

Anonymous said...

@9:22 am, the First Amendment protects speech against government suppression, not KF.

Anonymous said...

Vitrified high fire paver bricks over a properly laid road base, like asphalt over gravel, are durable and can be pried up and put back down; they are tightly placed not mortared.

But certainly, necessary utilities should be installed under the street before the road is built and paved.

Farish Street Development used millions in federal funds: was there no federal oversight?

Anonymous said...

That Farish Street debacle was apparently protected from any oversight from the Feds, the MSM, or even a basic planning committees selected on actual skill and merit.

Anonymous said...

There were lots of luxury cars and condos bought with those Farish Street funds. That's the Jackson/Hinds County way.

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