Took a drive around, looked at the situation. I'd like to think of these as Before pictures, instead of After, since I hope there'll be an After that looks as if life is returning to the area.

The building on the right is the housing project that incliuded below-market-rate housing. The other one had a long life, with about forty years as an unglamorous facility in a commercial district. It was fixed up recently, as you see. And then it was fixed again.

Let’s talk about this nice lady. Warning: profanity.

  She is a poet, and has published a book. I think it goes without saying that the world has heard enough from young female poets and their problems, and that the publishing house should have bought something from a POC, no? This woman’s professional success literally erases female poets of color.

That’s how it works, right? Zero sum and all that?

Anyway, her tweet.

Let's go right to the obvious exchange:

Written, perhaps, from her home in California, where she presumably was able to utter these important sentiments while not distracted from a fire on her block.

Is thisa one person she wishes to be punished?

Jin Lin. Can one presume the poet is in favor of the destruction of the property of Asian-Americans, if it advances, you know, racial equity?

Here is another piece of property that should be fucked, adnd presumably rogered with such vigor that the lesson is apparent to all and the oppressors will shrink away in fear:

  The entire history of the Native American center, lost. I learned that some tapes had been digitized, and perhaps stored off site. But the center was located in property, and fuck property, and anything that happens to be in there.

Anything that happens to be in there.

Here is another person we might want to ask her about:

Korboi Balla had invested his life savings in the bar and was planning to open it before the coronavirus pandemic caused mass business closures. Balla then moved the opening date to June 1, when Minnesota plans to lift restrictions on restaurants, but the bar has since been wracked and looted in the riots, CBS first reported.

He does not have insurance. Oh bUt hE hAs a GofUnD mE now Yes, because there are good people in the world.

One could also note that if you balanced the contributions to the world and put a firefighter on side, and a poet on the other whose subjects include menstrual underwear, the scales might tip in a way that would dismay the poet. But of course what did that firefighter attempt to save? Property. Oh sure the occasional person, but mostly buildings. Just bricks.

After all, stores can be rebuilt; lives lost cannot. The store might not be an independent business that represents someone’s dreams and hard work - it might be another AT&T store, or perhaps a check-cashing place. But the store would be rebuilt, eventually, and if it took ten years for the street to come back, and the jobs to return, well, the poet might permit that to happen without her scorn. If she even thought to look at the place.

I know, I know, this isn’t fair. She’s a fool, and her politics have filled the space where a heart should be, and she believes that the nobility of ideas, the lovely incandescent bloom of her anger, are more than enough proof of her goodness. It’s still something to be sitting in a city with the helicopters overhead and the night still raw and ready for horror, and read of someone in California point a manicured finger at the people who are hurting, and say fuck you.

I went looking for her poems, and found this:

“I want to know 
what it means to survive 
does it just mean 
I get to keep my body?” 

Well, when you survive a looting, and you've no place to stay because you lived above the shop they burned, and they were dragging women out of stores and beating them for interfereing with the fun, you might be grateful that your body wasn't something they decided to take as well.








Somoeone should write a book or make a website about all the Columbuses. Let's just say this is one of them, and it's nice. As you would expect a small Indiana town to be. Is that a strange thing to say? Perhaps; I have little experience with the state, but think of it as one of the sensible places that manages life quite nicely.

Beautiful Dubya RIZZO

I love that. The letters seem to be more recent than the building, which wouldn’t have used that style of letters.

A fine post-war downtown commercial store, back when you had independent retailers that might be on their second generation except the son wasn’t interested.

What’s that in the back, Pompideu Centre?

I’m guessing it’s a performance art of some kind. I didn’t make a note from when I took the tour.

As usual, these buildings are mirrors for more interesting faces.

There’s no sign of what this is. The google map doesn’t give it a name.

Sometimes the proportions of the previous styles looks odd, spindly, insufficient, a bit incompetent.

Perhaps because they were.

Lots here, even though it’s ordinary. The awning takes away from the building, but it does provide shade.

The bricks are signs of Downtown Revitalization, as are the trash cans and angle parking.

The trees are the show, not the building.

Beautifully preserved. Odd windows on the second floor, though - they’re sitting right on the first floor.

Uh okay,. Sorry. No. Possibly an OUMB.


Not a lot of rentable action on the fourth floor, I’m guessing.

Sorry but yes, it is good. Every town needed one.


It’s not brilliant, it’s not special. But it’s a piece of its time.

Excuse me, I’m looking for Amontillado Dentistry, can’t find it anywhere

Proof that not even the original signs were always good. Unless this was refitted for a new owner. It’s just crammed and odd.

The restoration of the building did not touch the signage, which was added 50+ years after the building was erected.

Not entirely successful, but the sign and the rehab are still better than what most towns get.



One of the few times when you can applaud, without reservation, a total paint job.


Originally facing Franklin Street, Fredrick Ulrich was a baker who supplied the Union Army with bread during the Civil War. It was remodeled in 1891 to face 4th Street.

One of those sights that says “Prosperous, if momentarily indolent, town.”

Lucky for them, it’s not retail.

Because those usually don’t work. It’s a community center.

I said that before I googled; hah! The site used to be a mall.

Good Lord, the things they did to downtowns.

The very impressive County Courthouse.

Second Empire is always nice to see; so exuberant and flamboyant. Damn the cost! We’re going to show those East Coasters what we can do out here!

A handy guide to what you might want to do, and what you might not want to do:


This place matters

Yes, it does. Built in 1889, you say? I wish they’d give the date of the overhaul, lest people in the future think that’s what 1889 looked like. Its wikipedia page says it was redone in 1941 “in the Art Deco style,” which it is not. Sorry. I don’t buy that definition.

Cinema Treasures comes through on some interior shots.

The town is proud of its modernism, according to its website.


That’s a library.

That’s a church.

Nearer my God to Mies, as I say.

Some images from the Lost World await. See you around.





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