Monday, March 26, 2007

We Got It For a Steal !

Not all buildings in need of saving are majestic, historic or significant in the life of a community. They need not necessarily bear the plaque of some preservation group nor must they possess the last remaining work of a long dead master craftsman. Some are modest structures in the rearview mirror of progress and in the sights of the bulldozer.

Gentrification is, of course, the process by which disused or neglected lands are converted into modern, useful commercial or residential applications. Building go where no building has gone before. The problem we face in most communities is re-gentrification, the sweeping away of existing buildings which are in the path of developers and speculators.

The quaint, the curious, the funky buildings of character seldom stand up to the pressures of re-gentrification. They just don't pass the bang-for-the-buck test. There are cynics who claim that developers make their money the old fashioned way: they steal it. Accordingly, we decided that the best way to save this insignificant little place was to steal it. This is little tough on the clutch, but Ford gave us enough muscle to do the job. Heck, the developer won't mind, but we just hope that we don't encounter the Highway Patrol as we tow this little prize to greener pastures.


Anonymous Pam said...

Wait! Bring this building over to my house! I'm gonna need a place to live while I build my new house...looks perfect!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Glad you like it, Pam. We got past the Highway Patrol, but then we saw the County Tax Assessor in the rearview mirror. We'd rather have termites.

3:11 AM  

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