I enjoyed the race, and would happily go to another. Hopefully, some publicity will garner more spectators. The crowd, although small, was enthusiastic and the weather was perfect. The welcome mat is out!
July 13, 2009 at 8:36 p.m.
Genius. Yes, by all means, put out the word that the city would allow stripping of vacant houses-for a price. I'm sure that citizens would obediently line up, pay a fee and strip! As usual, Bertram has demonstrated his unique ability to come up with a perfectly idiotic idea.
Seems to me that thieves and other would-be "strippers" would like the idea of stripping a house; paying for it, not so much. And I'm sure that neighbors would be delighted to have the word put out that valuable materials are nearby-wouldn't you be?
As for having professionals come in to raze these places, I realize that it it much cheaper to just demolish a house; what bothers me is what is IN those houses. Lead paint, asbestos-all going into landfill and eventually into our groundwater. Not a good thing. And we are already a dumping ground for the other states' trash; it's only a matter of time before our trash fees go up. No, I don't think so, Bertram. I like my water and my trash fees just the way that they are.
July 13, 2009 at 5:07 p.m.