First In, Last Out
bar and restaurant, for a beer, or grab breakfast at Achilles diner.
All that peaceful domesticity was interrupted one morning earlier this year, when a longtime resident pulled out a rifle to protest being thrown out of the two-story brown-shingled home he had owned and lived in for more than twenty-five years. That eviction on Rosedale Avenue was being handled by Judy Bell.
"He stood there with his gun at his side ... He didn't know what else to do. He thought 'I've got to save my property,'" says Bell, a court officer. She notes that he never pointed the rifle at her or the eviction crew.
Bell called the police, and with the help of a neighbor the standoff was resolved peacefully. But only the drama was unusual: in recent years, foreclosures have been all too frequent in East Ann Arbor. Foreclosed homes and condos represented more than 30 percent of all sales in the area around the intersection of Packard and Platt last year, triple the rate in Ann Arbor as a whole, according to an Observer analysis produced by Realtor Kevin Duke.