The Post's Jonathan O'Connell has posted a story today detailing the rise and fall of Monument Realty on Half Street
--how the company snapped up parcel after parcel of land just north of the ballpark footprint during 2004 and 2005, how they spared no expense to market their holdings, and how just as they dug the hole for the residential portion of their project
, the economy collapsed, taking with it Lehman Brothers, their big financial backer.
You may recognize some of the photos accompanying the piece, and I also cop to being the owner of all of the "swag" displayed in the article, thanks to attending various Monument shindigs over the years, and thanks also to being an unrepentant pack rat. I spent years holding onto t-shirts, brochures, and even trading cards
all because "someday someone might want to see them." And that someday is today!