Someone could make a movie of this without much tweaking. A wealthy young Silicon Valley tycoon buys a historic house in a tightly knit Oregon community while assuring locals he just wants to be part of the neighborhood.
Once the deal is done, however, he quickly moves to demolish the house and replace it with a huge, modern one, causing neighbors to recoil in shock, then rally to save the treasured landmark.
In the climactic scene, the demolition crew arrives at dawn to do the deed just as a neighbor with the means and know-how to make a difference returns from a trip, learns of the crisis, buys the house and returns tranquility to the noble little village.
Before the curtain falls, an old man living next door—overcome by shock as the bulldozer inches toward destruction—is taken away in an ambulance, only to return hours later to learn all has been saved.
With teary eyes, he proclaims, “An angel stepped in.”
That’s pretty much what happened. (Except the bulldozer; the house was to be deconstructed to recycle the materials—this is Portland after all.)▶