Hours of idling tension marked South Hackberry yesterday as city crews
descended to demolish the home of local folk artist and subterranean
city visionary (ask him about it sometime) Rev. Seymour Perkins.
Locked in a months-long dispute over the physical condition of his home and ongoing requests for the time to collect the money needed to bring the art- and poverty-marred domicile up to code, Perkins says he was given his last 15 minutes when code enforcement arrived in the early afternoon.
After his pro-bono attorneys arrived they immediately got a cease and desist order from a district judge, but getting a city employee to handle the cell phone housing the judge's order was a bigger challenge.
Meanwhile, direction from the city attorney's office rolled back affirmative: Proceed with the demo.
That's when things got interesting.