Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Battle of Vinegar Hill

I‘ve previously posted my own opinions on building a new Springfield High School somewhere other than its current location, but something in this SJ-R article has me puzzled.
Tony Leone, representing the Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association, spoke of Springfield High as a crucial component of the city’s central core. Its departure would send property values plummeting, he argued.
Huh? Superintendent Milton’s plan calls for the old Springfield High building to be turned into a “grades 6-12 science and technology academy”. How would that cause property values to plummet? Why would it make any difference at all? I could see a problem if the school district built a new high school and then just abandoned the old site. But that’s not what they're talking about. It would still be a school.

1 comment:

JeromeProphet said...

Far more important than just about anything else which you did include in your post is the obvious fact that there's a best selling Oprah endorsed book which tells the story of Springfield, Illinois' historic Vinegar Hill neighborhood!

This is totally cool!

Is this a fiction, or non-fiction title?

When did it come out?

Does the author live in Springfield, and has he actually met Oprah?

Is she as nice as she appears?

Is there any truth to the rumor that she's thinking about running for the Senate spot that Barrack Obama will vacate if he wins the Presidency (I just started that rumor here)?

Inquiring minds want to know.