As in the Windy City, So for the Crescent
City: Developers are Dedicated to Making a Difference.
|| David Bagwell Company
neighborhoods offer aesthetic qualities and sense of place
found in the country's venerated communities
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed 4-1/2
square miles, including all of the downtown area. It killed 300
people and left 100,000 homeless. Property loss was extensive-estimated
at $3.2 billion in today's dollars, including eighteen thousand
buildings. Half of the city had insurance, but only half of those
actually received any insurance payment.
Smallpox and cholera spread due to poor sanitation, as did lawlessness.
The Chicago Evening Journal reported, "The city is infested
with a horde of thieves, burglars and cut-throats, bent on plunder,
and who will not hesitate to burn, pillage and even murder, as
opportunity may seem to offer them to do so with safety."
But, like the fabled phoenix, Chicago rose from the ashes. It
became an even greater city than before the fire. The first building
to go up was the real estate office of William Kerfoot, under
a sign that proclaimed the city's irrepressible spirit: "All
gone but Wife, Children and Energy."
Today, Chicago is one of the world's great cities, a commercial
hub of great ethnic and religious diversity, world-class educational
institutions, and incomparable architecture.
Some question whether New Orleans should rebuild following its
own catastrophe. Although there's no denying the seamy underbelly
of New Orleans, its history and culture of food, music, education,
literature, architecture and savoir vivre residents make it uniquely
beloved throughout the United States. In contrast with the bombast
and artifice of Las Vegas, New Orleans has character, charm and
timeless sense of place that enriches people in every walk of
How New Orleans and its neighbors on the Gulf Coast will be rebuilt
is not yet resolved. Even so, in the spirit of Chicago real estate
developer William Kerfoot, the David Bagwell Company is dedicating
money from lot sales in its Colleyville developments to fully
fund construction of a Habitat for Humanity house in renascent
Bagwell further explained his intent by citing a parable. The
story goes that a man was walking along a beach following an inexplicable
freak event of nature. As far as the eye could see, the beach
was littered with starfish that had washed ashore. In the distance
was a woman picking up starfish and throwing them back into the
ocean. He approached her and asked, "What are you doing?"
She answered, "I'm throwing these starfish back where they
can live." He declared incredulously, "But there are
millions of them on the beach. What difference can one person
make?" As she threw another starfish back, she responded
"Well, I can make a difference for this one."
New homebuyers are invited to visit the Colleyville developments
of the David Bagwell Company, where we are dedicated to making
a difference in the lives of our neighbors both locally and beyond.
Call Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754 for information or go on-line