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a shame there is no way to fund it as an historic monument. Makes me wonder what this country will look like in a hundred years. Will we have swaffs of abandoned buildings and communities just rotting away?
It's already well started..
I know you're right Lannis, but I lament the disappearance of old fashioned values, more than the bricks and mortar of yesteryear.I find myself more comfortable in the presence of people older than me, in general these days, (I'm 60).I don't see the people who will inherit what's left of this place, as having any "feature" to speak of.The place is rooted, and I don't mean in tradition...Had a beaut evening of informative conversation with Paul Brooking a few nights back, and was helped to see what a polluted political environment I'm existing in, I never realised how clueless I am.I sometimes feel like we are all floating down a river of shit and corruption towards a precipice, topped up by the mega rich elite and as long as we don't attempt to struggle, we won't drown in all likelihood.But reach out to a hand hold, and you'll be swamped.
I'm sure people have been saying that for 60 years. In fact, there's a steady stream of young folks picking up the old bikes; I was just at the Ohio Valley BSA Owner's Club rally and there were a bunch of young folks, anywhere from kids oohing and aahing over the old bikes to millenials running up and down the road on their BSAs (or Dad's BSA, which amounts to the same thing).Same with everything else. We're not part of a stratified "generation" - we're part of a continuum, and the young folks will provide the continuation. Meanwhile, it's up to us to sit on the porch and shake our canes at the kids playing in our yards!Lannis
Meanwhile, it's up to us to sit on the porch and shake our canes at the kids playing in our yards!
When we did the tour with the Kid and Nora several years ago, there were some "big money" interests wanting to develop that area.. need more mansions..
Maybe all is not lost. There was a deal in 2006, it seems, that would have preserved 30 acres (of 70 or so) around the observatory and its lakeshore, and fund its continued operation more or less as at present, plus a new use as a site for weddings. But that deal succumbed to pressure from the locals when they found out it had been negotiated without them.These locals are not your typical country folk. It's said that many of them could write a check on their own to save Yerkes. Some sort of new deal is being discussed, it is thought. Yerkes is not some old factory. It's more like a museum, with plenty of interesting architecture and an extraordinarily beautiful setting. I hope it will be preserved like a museum. It's still in great shape from what I can see.Moto
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