Rose the Gypsy recently saw a South Minneapolis house featured on TV - It was condemned but then someone purchased it for $1 and fixed it up.
So of course I had to go check it out:
You can read about the fixing up part here.
There are a number of lovely Victorian houses in this corner of town. Quite a few of them have been lovingly restored. The problem is they are too close to the freeway, and now a freeway expansion threatens the lot of them. Info on the opposition to the expansion can be found here.
It's sad. The neighborhood was full of stately homes, they built the freeway and destroyed the neighborhood, after which the houses fell into disrepair. Then a bunch of people fixed up the houses. Now the freeway is threatening them again.
I would also like to note that when The Girls were looking for a house one of the addresses they sent me was relatively close to the freeway and I said, "Don't look at anything that close to the freeway!"