Posted by: Doug Henwood | August 19, 2009

A relic from the museum of bad ideas

A surviving memento of a bygone era, photographed in Brooklyn, on Lafayette Ave. between Grand and Classon (40°41’19.8″ N, 73°57’39.6″ W, sez the iPhone’s GPS). Next to it appears to be one of those spontaneous memorials that arise when someone is killed on the street.

3% down!


  1. Museum of Bad Ideas? I like that, I like that a lot. I think it is a GREAT IDEA! Museum of Bad Ideas…

  2. No shortage of material to work with, Tim!

  3. Oh, I have enough, personally, to fill an entire wing

  4. Wow, it looks like you and I live in the same neighborhood. It’s a pretty interesting race/class/architectural crazy quilt, isn’t it?

  5. 3% was a lot , by the end. I knew people getting mortgages with nothing down.

  6. Relic? Sad to say that’s no relic. FHA mortgages still require just 3% down, and that’s likely what that sign is advertising.

  7. I think it is a relic – the company listed at the bottom seems no longer to exist.

  8. OT, a weasely Nation magazine correspondent you’ve interviewed in the past has gone apeshit against Noam Chomsky, mouthing off Holocaust analogies with abandon. Perhaps, as corrective to your previous indulgence you can do an interview of a more sober analyst on the subject.

  9. Here is Chomsky’s response and also a recent debate on the larger issue.

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