Monday, July 02, 2007

The Easy Way to Own Maplecroft!

Photograph by Shelley Dziedzic

It's funny how things happen sometime. I do ONE post about Lizzie Borden and stumble into some interesting Lizzie tidbits to blog about!

Lizzie's beloved Maplecroft, the mansion she moved to following her trial and where she would remain for the rest of her life. The house stands in stark contrast to her former home on Second Street. The Second Street home of her father's choosing was a modest home with little adornment or luxury. That house sat close to a busy street in a rather unfashionable neighborhood, but Maplecroft, with its 13 rooms, 6 fireplaces, stained glass windows and fine woodwork, sat in a neighborhood defined by privilege and exclusivity.

The last time Maplecroft was on the market it was listed for approximately 3/4 of a million dollars. One can only guess what it's market value is today.

A little short on cash? Want your Lizzie-mansion but don't want the hassle of relocating? Love the house but don't want to face the costs of upkeep and repairs? Well I've got the answer for you!

It seems that an avid player of the video game Sims 2 has created his (or her!) own version of Maplecroft for use in that game. It seems the game scenario has a neat tie in to the Borden case. and that made designing a virtual Maplecroft a 'must-do'. Maplecroft interiors were even created by without a blueprint to work with they are simply conjectural. Still a great deal of fun, give it a look!


Anonymous said...

Regarding Quaker Fabric, there are many reasons why it went under, but it was no surprise for those who worked there. Everyone knew it was in trouble.

In a sense, the Quaker Fabric leadership brought this on themselves. Regarding the free trade, if you Google the CEO Larry Liebenow, you will find a lot of references to his support of free trade. I realize his excuse was that it would enable his company to sell in foreign countries without barriers, but how many people in those countries with cheap labor could even afford to buy the high-end furniture that Quaker was making fabrics for. You can't do business with people who don't have money.

On WSAR, they were initially asking where the officials were and what they were doing for the workers. Really, the only thing that they could have done to save manufacturing was to oppose free trade, and that is a federal issue. Barney Frank did this, while Senators Kennedy and Kerry did not.

Another factor was the expansion. They bought buildings all over Fall River instead of strengthening what they had. Usually, once businesses expand, they go under shortly thereafter.

As for the two year trade benefits, the employees laid off previously were eligible for that. This application is so the remaining 920 employees could have this as well. So despite the talk on the radio about the catering to the last 920 workers, the only things they have done different were 1) having a job fair at BCC which I understand anyone could go to, 2) announcing an opening of a career (unemployment) center for Quaker Fabric employees and 3) the Senators and Congressmen writing a letter of support for the trade adjustment assistance program that those previously laid off were eligible for anyway.

Lefty said...

Thanks for the comment!

Because this relates to Quaker Fabric I'm going to copy it in that post and leave any comments there.