Fifth & William

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Demolition commences on seven houses as part of City Place project. [photo] Permits were issued yesterday, Nov. 8, 2011. [That was Election Day.]

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  1. By John
    November 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm | permalink

    Just a pile of sticks–urban crime.

  2. By suswhit
    November 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm | permalink

    Winter has come and the wind and the rain
    Wash over the house in the glen.
    It cradles itself as if it were cold
    For no one still lives within.

    The years have passed over it, leaving it aged
    And empty, and lost, without heart,
    With no one to live there, no one to care
    And the leaves are piled up on the hearth.

    If you stand in the doorway, you can feel
    Soft music that hangs in the air,
    Like the soul of the house that ever lives on
    Though there’s no longer any to hear.

    The door is now gone, the windows un-paned,
    The wood on the roof has gone slack.
    But it still lingers on, as if waiting for
    The people it loved to come back.

    The old house listens, and waits, and sings
    As the wind blows in through the door
    And the beat of the heart of the house still sounds
    Like the tread of their feet on the floor.

    Kate Wiley

  3. By Steve Bean
    November 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | permalink

    Not likely that any of the street trees will survive the cutting of roots and soil compaction.

  4. By TJ
    November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | permalink

    And yet 4 of 5 councilpeople were re-elected. Clearly people weren’t that riled up.

  5. By Rod Johnson
    November 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm | permalink

    I think that says more about the quality of the opposition. Plus, 3 of the 5 have tended to serve as the opposition. So I don’t think you can draw too strong a conclusion about the riledupness of the electorate.

  6. November 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | permalink

    What? Anglin, Kunselman and Briere were all supportive of the Germantown neighborhood’s attempts to save the street. The Council Party ran primary candidates against Anglin and Kunselman; those candidates (well-qualified but who also sent pro-development signals) were defeated soundly. Briere was unopposed. Rapundalo never supported preservation efforts, and was defeated. Higgins had a quirky opponent who nevertheless won 40% of the votes. I’d say Council Party was down 4-1.

    Obviously the election wasn’t just about this issue, but I don’t get the “people weren’t that riled up”.

  7. By Rod Johnson
    November 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm | permalink

    Was that What? aimed at me or TJ?

  8. November 11, 2011 at 8:01 am | permalink

    Rod, who was quoted?

  9. By Rod Johnson
    November 11, 2011 at 8:43 am | permalink