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Hot Property #6, 300 31st St. NE

And we’re back! Back on the tail of Cedar Rapids landlords who own properties that can’t stop attracting the police. Sorry for the delay. We’ve still got a map, and we’re up to property number six.

It’s the Flagstone Apartments at 300 31st St. NE.

Police were called there 99 times in 2008. There are 16 apartments at that address.

Most of what I see in the archives looks like minor stuff.

Gordon Duncombe, the owner, has an office in St. Michael, Minn. The name of his company is Can-West Management.

“We have a lot of people that the county put in there,” Duncombe said. “They get stupid and they call the cops on each other.”


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4 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    What does that mean, “people that the county put in there”?

    • paulevans says:

      The county does not “put people” there, and even if county social service people asked him to rent to people, he could screen them just like he should any other tenant.

  2. Ray T says:

    Emily, it means the tax payers get to pay the rent while the welfare types get to pretend to look for a job.

  3. David B says:

    I’m a bit confused on all this. On the one hand, we collectively chastise entire neighborhoods because we claim people won’t notify the police when there is a problem. Then, when people do notify the police, we point and say “I see dumb people”.

    But it’s probably just me being dense and I’ll likely understand much better after we see property number seven.

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