October 23rd, 2012 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Cops and Courts, Housing

"Bad Neighbor" Cleans Up His Act

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Last year, WW published a cover story called "Bad Neighbor" about an abandoned mansion in Laurelhurst and the conflict around that property and its onetime-owner, Peter Fournier.

Over the weekend, The Oregonian caught up with Fournier, who after giving up his Laurelhurst home in foreclosure, has begun providing mobile hot showers three times a week to people in Old Town, through his non-profit, Shower to the People. 

That's a great idea, but its creating some conflict with Old Town businesses, the daily reports. Fournier's altruism is also noteworthy because when he lived in Laurelhurst, Fournier clashed with homeless and loiterers in Laurelhurst Park, going so far as to use a Taser on one of them.

And the Laurelhurst mansion? After a long period of neglect, the home once known as the Bitar mansion is in the midst of a painstaking and thorough renovation.

 
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