The South End is full of neighborhoods that have decayed and become crime havens. Gilman Street doesn't appear to be one of those neighborhoods. Pulling onto Gilman Street it is noticeably different from many of the streets around it. This block is what we picture South End neighborhoods looked like when people fondly remember the halcyon days of the area.
The houses on Gilman are all well maintained. The yards are well groomed and clean. Hardly any of the houses even had as much as a front lawn that needed mowing. The streets were quiet and we'd venture to guess most wouldn't even think we were on Hartford if brought to the street.
|The well manicured stash house|
The neighbor to the right was the "worst" house on the block. It appears to be empty and in need of some lawn care. The yawning tree provides some coverage from the street that we could think a criminal operation might enjoy. That given, this apparently empty house is hardly an eyesore in a city dotted with burnt out abandoned houses.
Our lesson for the day? It appears any house can be a stash house, heck they even took time to mow the lawn at this one. Also with the stash house now out of business, Gilman Street looks like a very nice place to live for those looking in the South End.