Many of you hadn’t been born the last time these Schmitt Furniture windows were visible.

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Almost from the inception of NA Confidential in 2004, boarded up windows (as opposed to “The Boarded Window,” a short story by Ambrose Bierce) have served as metaphors for downtown degradation.

REWIND: “Windowless Views of Scribner Place.” (2006)

South Side Inn to rise again — may its reflection one day be cast in real Schmitt windows. (2007)

About this new Downtown Facade Improvement program … our interest in the topic goes all the way back to 2004.

It’s been 14 years, and the neglect still is in the active process of being reversed. Much of Schmitt Furniture’s block is being overhauled as I write, with projects underway on all four sides. There’s much work yet to be done, but for today, to those engaged in this process: thanks and congrats.

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