Out of all the good things that have arisen from pounding away at this blog, nothing tops getting an opportunity to meet Claire Nowak-Boyd and Michael Allen of Ecology of Absence. They were kind enough to meet for pancakes and potato latkes at the Golden Apple a few weekends ago, while they were passing through town.
I'm tempted to write that buildings in the Midwest do not have better friends than these two, but that would be selling them short. They care and wonder about the people and stories behind the places, too. They're smart and passionate and committed to protecting what makes our built environment so special.
And, would you believe they met while trying save the City Hospital in St. Louis? Then, in 2005, they won Cutest Preservation Couple of the Year.
Okay, I made that last one up. But it's entirely plausible, isn't it?
Read more of their good work at their blog, here.