why give all this up?

Some pics of my old house in Chinatown (good riddance):

Because it's damp and horrible and the plaster's falling from the ceiling and it was built on the cheap 100 years ago, one brick thick, and the neighbors are awful and everyone in the area is ugly and the air sort of scrapes out your lungs with a rusty spoon, to say nothing of the four-and-a-half-year itch.