$400 - Up wit tha punx! DIY info shop/co-op room available next month - (Kenton)
The appeal: You miss the basement-show scene of your college town. You'll be too old to live in a ratty old punk house within a couple years, so you leap at your last chance to get involved again. Rent is cheap, and it's near a MAX stop, so you're willing to overlook the structural flaws of the house.
The reality: Nobody's quite sure who's on the lease, and you find out the dude whose room you took over was on tour when you moved in and had no idea he was being kicked out. He sleeps in a tent in the backyard until someone else rotates out, which you start to envy when the house shakes violently every time one of the 12 tenants engages in coitus.
The final straw: The weekly Food Not Bombs meeting quickly digresses into a boozy shitshow when a member of Dear Landlord stops through on the northwestern leg of his solo tour. Cans of PBR are emptied out all over the kitchen and living room until the whole scene resembles a crusty Def Leppard video, complete with pit bulls and way too much denim. You wonder how safe of a "safe space" the place really is when someone falls through the living room floor and onto the silk screen press you've been fixing up since you moved in.