This neighborhood might at one time (a century-and-change ago) have been described as the back o' town swamp. It's seeming more swampish* again. Maybe it's the rats. I guess rats aren't particularly swampy, but they remind me of nutria, and it doesn't get much swampier than nutria.
* "Swampish": I'm liking it. I think it might actually be sufficient justification for this post which is, otherwise, a near complete non-entity.