by: Joel Michael
stored in: General

I go by 115 June all the time. While feeling sorry for it in its dilapidated condition, I admire its proportions. I even like its wedge-shaped lot next to the old railroad track. Even in its disrepair, it isn’t necessarily the peeling paint or broken windows that attract the most attention. It’s the size of the house that makes it remarkable.

Obviously, the three-sided lot forces the house’s footprint to be small. I wanted to find out how small. So I grabbed my tape measure. At its largest dimensions, the house measures 14 feet by 42 feet. Tiny. Though, the lot isn’t as small as you might suspect. It is 53 feet at the street and extends 88 feet toward the west along the alley. The railroad track slices it diagonally forming a hypotenuse of 100 feet. Forget the Pythagorean theorem. These are rough measurements.

So, why do I care about any of this? Well, if all goes to plan, there will be a bike path instead of a railroad track alongside this property some day. It’s not a great stretch to think that an environmentally and socially-conscious cyclist would find 115′s location and small scale appealing. As bike lanes are painted on streets downtown and Dayton receives bronze status from the League of American Bicyclists, why shouldn’t Huffman – with it’s cycling history – position itself as an appropriate place for this new kind of resident to call home?

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