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Sunday, September 28, 2014
This Was the 1st Clue that ST/PCV Would Change Forever
The plaque. Situated on the West Side of the Oval path. Honoring Met Life Chairman Frederick H. Ecker. Removed in 2002 by Met Life in advance of an eventual sale of ST/PCV. The words on the plaque were the reason for the removal (not ST/PCV's early racist rental policy). Left there, the words would have made a mockery of what was to come.
These are the words, the vision, that no future landlord of ST/PCV could leave standing:
"... who with the vision of experience and the
energy of youth conceived and brought into being this project, and
others like it, that families of moderate means might live in health,
comfort and dignity in park-like communities and that a pattern might be
set of private enterprise productively devoted to public service."
The removed plaque has never been seen again. No one knows where it is.