We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A year ago I moved into a row house in northeast Washington, D.C., two
miles from the Capitol. I paid $85,000, a price so low it’s a punch line
in a city where the average home sells for more than $600,000.
The hot water heater was missing, and the bathroom tub drained into a
downstairs closet. My house inspector, a dead ringer for the
gravel-voiced actor Sam Elliott, tramped silently from room to room,
occasionally pausing to pronounce, “It’s not proper.” The house was in
foreclosure and had been vacant for a couple of years, so when I found
crayons under the old carpet, I was spared the guilt of imagining them
in still-young fingers. But once, someone had loved this place. The
backyard bloomed with rosebushes staked with weathered shoelaces. With
an FHA-backed loan and a savvy contractor, I gutted the house and
renovated it. I found myself realizing a dream I’d assumed was miles out
of reach: I was a homeowner.
Ahhh, you threw us a change-up there, Barrister. Being a contractor with a long-standing dream of buying and renovating houses on my own, I thought that was going to be the gist of the article.
Instead it was a very good article mostly about racial issues.
Some of the memories of how some treated others back in the day (and still do sometimes) just make me sad. How did people in this great and noble Christian nation, which I did and still do believe in, come to the point of behaving like that toward fellow human beings?
I can't imagine making a black man, for instance, feel unwelcome to avail himself of my business services. At the minimum that is economic foolishness; at the worst it indicates a true heart of darkness.
Like Big_Al, I saw this as a very good article.
In my student days, I lived for 3 years in a black/hispanic neighborhood, so I had some experience with "gentrification."
One thing that struck me was what some of the author's black neighbors told the author about the reactions of some whites living near a black church. The whites complained about the noise during the sermons, to the extent of interrupting the church services.
What a bunch of equine posteriors!
Ditto with their complaining about parishoners parking on nearby streets for the services.
Given the positive influence that black churches have, those knuckle-head whites who were complaining about the church should have dropped some cash into the Sunday service contribution basket.