I went to the Swing game Saturday night with my family, and as Pioneer mentioned on his blog, it was pretty packed. It was John Deere night, free "flying disc" night, and fireworks night, in addition to being the day before Father's Day and in the midst of Sturgis. The Swing turned a triple play, which is probably the first time I've seen that live at any level of baseball. Having a good crowd like that really demonstrates the difference that attendance makes to the excitement of the game. With that big of a crowd, there actually was a "roar of the crowd" instead of a "cheer of 300 people." Apparently the Thrivent/Special Olympics-sponsored night last week involved $2 tickets, and had over 6000 people in attendance. If the soon-to-be new owners of the Swing are able to lower ticket prices a bit, maybe we can see big crowds for most games. Once we start having big crowds, with more excitement during the game, then more people will want to return for more games. I've said before that it makes more sense to me to have 5000 people paying $5 than 2500 people paying $9, especially when you factor in concessions. I'm no business major though...
For those of you that don't make it SoLo to see these kinds of things, demolition has finally begun on the two houses south of Sacred Heart. The first house on the corner is already gone, and the next house to the south looks ready to go this week. I've asked before, but does anyone know what the plans are for these? I believe they're owned by the Cathedral.
I noticed this on the city's website the other day.
1711 Grand Avenue
Davenport, Iowa 52803
This privately owned building is being recommended for demolition as part of a code enforcement effort by the City of Davenport.
The goal is to make the public aware of buildings that are being considered for demolition by the City of Davenport in an effort to locate interested investors that are willing to rehab the buildings and return them to code compliant condition and as active, tax producing properties.
Here's a shot of the home in question. Apparently the city is recommending people try to buy it off of the current owner before they (the city?) are forced to demolish it. Hopefully someone is inspired by all these shows on TV and decides to snap it up and renovate it. Too bad since its SoLo you can't resell it for a profit...
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