200 Buildings or Five Buildings

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By James Decker

Last week’s essay (“If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?”) touched on the concept of setting incremental goals to measure progress. I later discussed that topic with a friend, and my friend reiterated the importance of incremental goals, commenting how big goals can feel overwhelming if you don’t learn to break them down in to incremental steps.

This point was hammered home as I observed our newest cleanup project in Stamford, demolition of a series of dilapidated houses and buildings adjacent to St. John’s United Methodist Church and only two blocks off the main drag. These buildings had long been unsightly, dangerous, and the kind of buildings that gave you a sense of doom and gloom just looking at them.

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