Michael Tompkins 
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Re: “Update: Steele demolishing 17 properties around Colonial Honda

he just bought the whole point from the Harnish's in Queensland 1.4 million...and the word is he will build a castle house there.

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Posted by Michael Tompkins on 02/25/2016 at 9:57 PM

Re: “My parents told me never to go to Gottingen Street—and that’s why I moved there

i am fixing up an abandoned for 25 years place on buddy daye since february... I bought it from Graham Prevost. he symbolizes what the north end is built on. He is 87 and recycles most of the beams and insulation that I replaced in his old building. The building was previously used as a single unit family and was rotten from the face back Some nights in Feburary minus15 and we would make a pile of wood outside reframing the termite mess inside and the very next morning he would have a pile denailed ready for his cousin to take over to his yard. On sunny days in March I would see him taking a break in the pile of debris...resting in the sun...hard worker like no other. One night he went till 5am and was back for 9am again. He uses a mountain bike for a walker...and my friend call him the beekeeper for his amazing helmet made of ductt tape. His mittens and boots covered in shopping bags to protect them from moisture. Graham is the North End...and incredible guy. He loves living the humble life. He could live fancy..but prefers to live the way he does.
..this neighborhood has a lot of characters and there is a sense of community unlike other parts of town. The people with free time on their hands is incredible. In the winter it is a wasteland. i met a random guy with his broom and bucket on wheels sweeping the streets all day for free.....i gave him a 20..and I only had 20. ..he said random people give him money....i wish the city would pay him. In the summer it seems so alive with activity. The sex worker women walk by and talk of their problems. The guys that used to do drugs outnumber the ones that are on the drugs. Most are just trying to make a go out of life on the way to the food bank. We had one issue with a guy named Dean...even the badass guys do not like him...I was told he was in trouble in Toronto...and would steal your eyeballs if you blinked. There is a community garden in my backyard...an amazing garage next door....and Yes I have an alarm hooked up. Yes I enjoy this neighborhood! 99% of the neignborhood treat you with respect if you do the same.

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Posted by Michael Tompkins on 07/01/2013 at 10:52 AM

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