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The American Way

The American Way In every neighborhood There are problems that arise. Some never get resolved No one that fact denies. However: the other day A big story was in our paper. Of a group of upset neighbors Pulled off a “real-estate” caper. It seems the lovely development Was being constantly harassed. By big money development folk Looking to make some cash. It meant to change the character Of this lovely street of homes By building big condos out behind Till someone got on the phones. Alerting all the players Who’s home backed up to the mess We need to band together If we are to ward off this ugly pest. I don’t know the many hours These folks spent in meeting But saw each other often enough By first names would soon be greeting. I don’t know the details It wasn’t happening to me How “huge” a problem was it? Just how serious could it be? I don’t have facts to share No details to finish my rhyme But I know enough to tell you Big business didn’t win this time. These families grabbed this “bull” Soundly by the horns. Soon a co-operative process With “cash” backers was taking form. They pooled their limited resources Each homeowner would pay a share They’d show these roughneck players They weren’t so easy now to scare. They bought the land behind them Set a plan for moving on There may still be hurdles to jump But for now the war’s been won. My hat is off to each family There may have been some glitches But I saw no personal belongs Out on a porch or in the ditches. I can’t believe it’s really happening It’s so the American way. If a group is being harmed All together they enter the fray. So as the days and weeks Progressing with plan A Don’t lose hope or get upset Plan B may be on the way. Written by oldbuck Nov. 7, 2017 to tell the story about some great neighbors that joined together to ward off big business and the government process.

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Date: 1/1/2018 10:57:00 PM
This is a great story Old Buck, mind you this does happen in some areas over here, the area where we live is supposed to be a bad area, but where we have built is the best part, we don't see much trouble here, anyway regardless this is a great story, thank you for sharing and take care......Vera
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Date: 1/2/2018 2:40:00 PM
Vera: Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I've read quite a bit of "Duggan" lately. I've enjoyed "both" sources. Keep them coming in 2018. oldbuck
Date: 11/27/2017 6:46:00 AM
There is strength in numbers as this case shows. What a great poem you have penned here. A heart warming Win Win situation Oldbuck. Thanks for sharing. It is a poem after my line of thinking. I would love you to read my poem "I started A Joke", it is a poem example for a contest that I am hosting. I hope to see your entry maybe?...Maria
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Date: 11/27/2017 3:45:00 PM
Maria: I've never been a contest sort of guy. My stuff is just for fun. I can embarrass myself enough with out going out of my way. :o) Thank you for the thoughtful comments. oldbuck
Date: 11/21/2017 9:35:00 AM
You make a good point with this poem. There are similar situations in NYC which is where I live. Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
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Date: 11/21/2017 10:49:00 AM
An average home here is about $145,000. The homes on this street averaged $450,000. Some neighborhoods wouldn't have the "extra cash" to be able to purchase the adjoining property and hold it until it is rezoned and resold. I'm so proud they did it. A win-win for the homeowners for sure. Of course a NY example would have much bigger numbers. :o) oldbuck
Date: 11/8/2017 12:47:00 PM
This is an excellent poem, you really know how to tell a story with perfect rhyme.. Happy to see they won the battle
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Date: 11/8/2017 1:47:00 PM
And you my friend, really know how to thrill an old rhymers heart. I love to tell a story and if it rhymes and someone gets enjoyment from it, all the better. Thanks again for commenting. oldbuck