Panic! What if banks and real estate companies put “For Sale” or “For For Lease” signs in front of every empty property in Northwest Arkansas? | Street Jazz

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Panic! What if banks and real estate companies put “For Sale” or “For For Lease” signs in front of every empty property in Northwest Arkansas?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

For Sale.

For Lease.

These signs dot the landscape of Northwest Arkansas, much as they do the entire country, as owners of properties try to fill empty houses, storefronts, factories, or a multitude of other buildings in our midst. It is an uncomfortable reality of the times we live in.

It was suggested to me recently that Northwest Arkansas might suffer a true economic panic, should all of the actual buildings that are begging for ownership actually have signs in their windows or on their lawns.

So I have been taking a sort of unscientific survey over the past few months, as Tracy and I drive around, or I ride the bus, or even as I walk around Fayetteville.

And it’s true. There are many empty lots, homes or buildings that simply have no signs on, but there there is no one home.

Are the banks and realty companies waiting until the market improves, or are they afraid of what the area would look like if the public at large realized how bad things are up here?

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Okay, so what beef does Salem Lutheran Church have with the Skelton family?

Salem Lutheran Church’s Family Life Center
in Springdale is featuring a seminar by Dr. Paul L. Maier, entitled “History, Archeology, and Christianity.” Maier is a best-selling writer, whose works include A Skeleton in God’s Closet and More Than a Skeleton.

I know that’s what he wrote, because I Googled him.

According to the ad placed by the church in the Northwest Arkansas Times, however, Dr. Maier is the author of two books about Skeltons in God’s closet.

I know this because the word Skelton is used three times in the ad, while the word “Skeleton” is used not at all.

Now, I’ve known and worked with a fair number of the local Skelton family over the years, and by-and-large, they have been pretty nice folks, and hard workers, to boot. If there are any Skeltons in the congregation at Salem Lutheran Church, they may be interested in knowing where this seeming animosity towards them has sprung from.

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