Sunday, October 9, 2011

House tear downs

I enjoy observing the happenings on other peoples property.  Construction and destruction are especially interesting.  I have seen it happen several times where a house is removed.  With heavy equipment this can actually take less than a day.  In Neenah, when the television show "Extreme Home Makeover" came to town, they took down the owners existing small house in one day and then rebuilt on the same land.  I remember reading with interest in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a story of a house getting ripped away to the surprise of most of the neighbors.  The article went on to explain that the people just behind or up from the house bought the place with cash and removed it because it blocked their view of Lake Michigan.  I have noticed that two houses in downtown Hortinville have been removed in less than a years time.  This particular part of the town hugs a small lake.  I think real estate changes in a big way when it is next to water.  People will do crazy things and will spend money they would not otherwise spend when water is involved.  I don't entirely blame them.  A view of water can be calming and peaceful.  I like stories about a house being moved, torn down, or burned.  There is just something powerful about taking action that is that bold and that big.

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