They Paved Paradise and put up a Parking Lot!
I was inspired tonight by reading Roger Mucci's Blog post. Back in August 2000 I went back to visit Wisconsin for my 30th High School Reunion. I hadn't been back to Grantsburg since my family moved away after my graduation in 1970. I had had enough of small town USA, and was ready for the adventure that lay ahead. You see, my Dad was a Preacher man. He always had 'the calling' to move every few years. The longest I ever lived anywhere growing up was 4 years, the average was 2, and the shortest was 1 year. My track coach in high school used to sing this song to me just to make fun: "The only one who could ever teach me was the son of a preacher man". If you're too young to remember it, just Google it or follow the YouTube link.
I went back to Grantsburg in 2000. Mostly the result of the internet and finding long lost friends. It was the 30th High School Reunion. And since we were there, I also wanted to see the home I lived in from 4th through 7th grades in St. Croix Falls. It was just so sweet - it backed up to a forest, had a huge yard and lots of maple trees we tapped for maple syrup.
As it turned out, My home in Grantsburg wasn't there anymore - it had been moved to make way for a church expansion.
Then when we went to St. Croix Falls to see my favorite boyhood home, I was shocked. It wasn't there either. GONE. Paved over for a Hospital parking lot!! They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot!!! A few photos follow. Me in 2000. My favorite home in 1958, and the parking lot in 2000. Home is a very important place. I always remember that when selling family homes in San Francisco. You don't always know what you got till it's gone.
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area