i guess this is progress

I suppose one could say that the trend for the 21st century for real estate around here is to remodel the oldest houses, split them up into gleaming condos, and sell them for a pretty penny. At first I didn’t think it was a bad deal; with so many gorgeous Victorians in the Cambridge/Somerville area, it’s a treat to see all the Grand Dames given a fresh vaneer.
Yesterday I walked past one such house. I often admire it on my way to and from work; I can’t even remember what it used to look like, but now it appears to be both classic and brand new, state-of-the art, with ample parking and gorgeous landscaping. I glanced across the street and saw an old couple on the opposite sidewalk. They had stopped to look at the house, and for the duration of my passing it, the woman was frozen with her hand over her mouth. Was she shocked at what had become of her old home? Coughing? Who knows.

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