Wednesday, September 30, 2009

On Not Selling Out to Big Businesses

Back in 1969, I got a job with State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America at their headquarters in Worcester, Massachusetts. The building was on a large tract of land facing Lincoln Street on the northeast side of the city. It had a large expanse of front lawn with a side street on either side. One thing I noticed was there were several houses still along one of the side streets breaking up the landscaped expanse. It was obvious the homeowners had resisted selling to the large insurance company. There were two or three houses, and they weren't all together. There was one empty landscaped lot between at least two of the houses.

I thought of that recently when I Stumbled Upon this:

Right where she was

The story is about a woman who refused to sell her home and lot, so the developer built a shopping center around her. In this case, she was considerably more hemmed in than the stubborn Worcester homeowners. At least they didn't have huge buildings only a few feet away from their homes, unlike the woman in the Ballard area of Seattle.

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