Citi Field’s Fan Walk includes 18,000 bricks. Fans paid up to $400 to have messages engraved for eternity (or until the stadium is torn down). Most fans wished their team well or thanked their father for taking them to their first game. But a few used their 8 inches by 8 inches to pen a poem, show off their Latin or leave readers wondering. Here is an unofficial top 10 list:
10. Forever a Fan, Love My Mets, Put My Ashes in the Rosin Bag & I’ll Be All Set! Vicki Schmidt.
Vicki Schmidt is my aunt’s mother and one of my favorite people in the world.
Yes, the Sun-Times is liberal, having recently endorsed our first Democrat for President since LBJ. We were founded by Marshall Field one week before Pearl Harbor to provide a liberal voice in Chicago to counter the Tribune, which opposed an American war against Hitler. I’m sure you would have sided with the Trib at the time.
I understand you believe one of the Sun-Times misdemeanors was dropping your syndicated column. My editor informs me that “very few” readers complained about the disappearance of your column, adding, “many more complained about Nancy.” I know I did. That was the famous Ernie Bushmiller comic strip in which Sluggo explained that “wow” was “mom” spelled upside-down.
1) Start a 501(c)(3) whose goal is to passively revitalize Detroit.
2) Acquire as many of those $50 homes as possible.
3) Knock the homes down, haul the debris away or sell it for scrap.
4) Replace entire property with a simple green lawn.
5) Grant what they call a public easement to the property (this allows you to own the property without having to worry about squatters enforcing their rights) and treat it like a park.
6) Hold onto the property until the value goes up.
7) Sell it.
8) Use the proceeds for good.
Land values go up because you’re simultaneously removing blight and adding green space. Costs = demolition and gardening, and these are both jobs that inject money into the community.
This is why I asked the earlier questions.
This is a fine idea only if you’re okay with the distinct possibility that it will never advance beyond step 5. Some of these neighborhoods may simply never rebound, which is why these houses (of which realtor.com says there are currently only 8) cost $50 in the first place.
Steps 1-5 have plenty of virtue in them on their own though, so it’s definitely worth a try. Where do I donate?