That really was good. I can remember the 1965 scene he described and I've joked that the Tribune after 1984 and Ricketts now have been gradually turning the place into a Disneyland simulation of a neighborhood. It would be a real shame if those small buildings got swallowed up to build a mall/hotel.
The street-fair thing isn't necessarily a bad idea. Those streets are pretty much impassable on game days anyway. But killing off the little busnesses would be a mistake. It really is a game of follow the money, and who knows how it'll turn out.