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Official: Polka dots painted on North Dakota home an eyesore
bostonherald.com ^ | 1 May 2012 | AP story

Posted on 05/01/2012 5:23:24 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Jim Deitz believes he’s creating a Grand Forks landmark, but the downtown apartment house he’s painting one polka dot at a time is making a city planner cringe.

The retired house painter on Tuesday was putting the final polka dots on his home-turned-apartments, where passers-by have been gathering to watch him work and to request colors from his palette of a dozen cans of brightly colored paint.

"Pizza delivery drivers won’t have any trouble finding this place," Deitz said of the century old-two story home that houses six apartments. "You can’t miss it."

The house is next to a church, a fraternal organization building and a new low-income apartment complex. Deitz and the city had negotiated a deal to buy out the property to expand the low-income housing facility.

Deitz said he was offered $100,000 for the home a year or so ago.

"They were going to buy me out and they backed out," Deitz said. "I want $150,000 for it now."

Ryan Brooks, the city’s senior planner, said the polka dot house is an eyesore and that he thinks it’s Deitz’s way of protesting the city’s decision not to buy the property.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: polkadots

1 posted on 05/01/2012 5:23:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Eyesore?! It looks awesome. I could deal with that house next to mine.


2 posted on 05/01/2012 5:29:45 PM PDT by madison10 (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. TJ)
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To: smokingfrog

No pics at the link. Need pics.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 5:30:54 PM PDT by bgill
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To: smokingfrog
It reminds me of, "Put Me in the Zoo". I would love to live by this.
4 posted on 05/01/2012 5:31:27 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: smokingfrog

Why is it always polka dots? Why no jig dots, or square-dance dots, or hokey-pokey dots? Argh!


5 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:33 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: netmilsmom

Not bad at all. It’s neatly done. Live with it.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:33 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: tacticalogic

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot dots


7 posted on 05/01/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: smokingfrog

I worry about getting neighbors like this...


8 posted on 05/01/2012 5:41:34 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: smokingfrog
I wonder if he uses a Twister mat as wallpaper?

-PJ

9 posted on 05/01/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yakko Wakko Dots


10 posted on 05/01/2012 5:43:33 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I knew it reminded me of something...


11 posted on 05/01/2012 5:46:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: luvbach1

I agree—a man’s home is his castle. If he wants a polka dot castle he should have it.

Having lived through 3 bleak ND winters, I would have found this house to be a bright spot in all that snow and ice that lasts for 4-5 months.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 5:51:46 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: netmilsmom

Wonder Bread


13 posted on 05/01/2012 5:52:31 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: smokingfrog
Either that, or his house helps build strong bodies 12 ways.

-PJ

14 posted on 05/01/2012 5:53:59 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: smokingfrog

A person has a constitutional right to be a jerk. And it’s not like it’s in a nice area - it’s next to the projects.


15 posted on 05/01/2012 5:55:14 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: basil
Who can honestly say Pee Wee Herman's version doesn't spice up the neighborhood better...

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

16 posted on 05/01/2012 5:55:48 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Ryan Brooks, the city’s senior planner, said the polka dot house is an eyesore and that he thinks it’s Deitz’s way of protesting the city’s decision not to buy the property.”

It’s looks great! And even if it is a protest, at least it is creative and constructive rather then .rundown, neglected and destructive.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: smokingfrog; Political Junkie Too

18 posted on 05/01/2012 6:00:30 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: smokingfrog

I’ve seen *much* worse paint jobs on houses where the occupants weren’t even trying to make a statement.

And, unlike my neighbor’s houses, I’m pretty sure the polka dots don’t BARK THEIR @#$%^ HEADS OFF all night... I can live with quiet polka dots, no problem.


19 posted on 05/01/2012 6:04:43 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Somebody painted a house silver and put deer antlers over the door in my mom’s neighborhood.


20 posted on 05/01/2012 6:08:53 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JediJones

Of the two, my preference would be the polka dots.

I’m not much into “Yahrd Ahart” LOL!


21 posted on 05/01/2012 6:13:30 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: JediJones

Of the two, my preference would be the polka dots.

I’m not much into “Yahrd Ahart” LOL!


22 posted on 05/01/2012 6:13:30 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: JediJones

I’d polka with her any day.


23 posted on 05/01/2012 6:21:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: madison10

I think it’s pretty cool also.....however, let’s say some flaming homosexuals next door painted their house using the gay rainbow motif.................huh??????

For every action..........

I guess that if I lived on acreage with neighbors far away, I’d paint my house any color I’d want to.....but, in a neighborhood, there are responsibilities and, well, long term gay repercussion’s. /sarc


24 posted on 05/01/2012 6:23:10 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: smokingfrog
The house is next to a church, a fraternal organization building and a new low-income apartment complex.

LOL!

25 posted on 05/01/2012 6:30:55 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: smokingfrog

26 posted on 05/01/2012 6:31:02 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Puckster
Log cabin Republicans?


27 posted on 05/01/2012 6:31:30 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: smokingfrog
The house is next to a new low-income apartment complex.

A wonderful neighborhood...Low income apartments and a house that looks like Chucko lives in it.

28 posted on 05/01/2012 6:35:39 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: smokingfrog
It's Bismarck, North Dakota. It's not a historical landmark, and I'd be willing to bet that it's not the worst-looking house in Bismarck.

I'd paint the window frames all different colors too, to match the dots.

He's also absolutely right about one thing: the pizza delivery guy, and anyone else looking for the house, will have no trouble finding it.

As someone who has to look for homes in unfamiliar neighborhoods on a daily basis (no, I don't deliver pizzas) I see that as a very good thing. Do you have any idea how many houses in any given town can be described as "red brick with white trim" or "white with black trim?"

29 posted on 05/01/2012 6:37:22 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: susannah59

Whoops, Grand Forks, no Bismarck. North Dakota, nevertheless. Not a grand old historical home, let the guy paint it the way he wants!


30 posted on 05/01/2012 6:41:37 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: netmilsmom

So much time spent painting dots and then leaves the window trim bare wood?????? FAIL.


31 posted on 05/01/2012 6:56:19 PM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: Brandonmark
At least it's not a beer can house.


32 posted on 05/01/2012 7:14:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
I think I need a sandwich...



Also, something made me think of a long forgotten comic book character from the Harvey universe:


33 posted on 05/01/2012 7:35:14 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: smokingfrog

When I was kid, someone in the neighborhood painted his house black and then added polka dots.


34 posted on 05/01/2012 7:37:45 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: smokingfrog

I like it!

One of the reasons I don’t “own” property, is that it would seriously upset me if I bought a house, and then the neighborhood changed ...

If I ever win the Lotto, I will probably buy property, a minimum of 100 acres,fenced and heavily guarded.
And I will paint my house whatever color I want.

I don’t know the details of this situation, but it does look like a protest paint job.
As is the man’s right.


35 posted on 05/01/2012 7:39:41 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: smokingfrog

A neighborhood association (voluntary) pissed off a homeowner in my town who retaliated by painting his house a garish shade of purple with pink trim and also placed two old toilets in his front yard.

It stayed that way for years.


36 posted on 05/01/2012 7:44:55 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: JediJones
Now that's what I call building strong bodies 12 ways.

-PJ

37 posted on 05/01/2012 7:49:16 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Brandonmark

I had no idea polka dots were “in” as house paint. Thanks for posting all these examples. Not going for it on our house, but I really have to applaud people’s creativity. We really do live in an interesting country.


38 posted on 05/01/2012 8:11:52 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: smokingfrog

s me of a comedy TV plot 50 years ago in which a homeowner paints his house an awful color and the city strikes back. The homeowner eventually wins, but then admits that he hates the color of his house.


39 posted on 05/01/2012 8:18:37 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: smokingfrog

It looks like an expression of property rights, so it looks perfect. No one can honestly whine against property rights during this needed residential real estate price decline of decades anyway. Get the foreclosures done, so we can start a sane economy before long. If you want money, make something useful.


40 posted on 05/01/2012 8:34:24 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: JediJones

Or....an artsy woman.........dunno.

Just don’t want a “hot” pink colored house next to me.

Maybe if I lived in the Carib......it would be normal.


41 posted on 05/01/2012 8:56:06 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: netmilsmom

I LOVE his house! Nice palette of colors. I’ll bet he’d be a fun neighbor.


42 posted on 05/01/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, Baby!")
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To: smokingfrog
I’d polka with her any day.

I'd connect her dots...

43 posted on 05/02/2012 6:19:39 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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