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A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That's Capitalism at Work, Baby!
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By Dean Kirkland
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April 15, 2024
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Alright, cats and kittens, straphang onto your beanies because I’m about to lay a news flash on you that’s so whimsically wild it could only sprout from the fertile crescent of board games and civic pride.

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Fresno, the Socratic ideal of middle Californian splendor, is vaulting from the realm of geographical trivia straight onto the hallowed squares of Monopoly. It’s like finding out the Algonquin Round Table was actually a Denny’s booth.

In an act of participatory democracy that would have Jefferson spinning in his Monticello bunk like a rotisserie chicken, the denizens of Fresno are being beckoned to nominate their local haunts and byways to immortally grace the game board.

From the majestic to the mundane, everything’s fair game to become the next Boardwalk or, heaven forbid, Baltic Avenue. Imagine mortgaging your plastic empire to snag a slice of the Tower Theatre — that’s American capitalism, baby.

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And, to herald this monumental confluence of municipal pride and capitalist fantasy, who do they roll out but Mr. Monopoly himself? Yes, the monocled mogul, probably wondering if his life choices were a series of wrong turns that led him to this PR stunt, sharing the limelight with Mayor Dyer and an ensemble of mascots that looked like they’ve wandered off the set of a Fellini film.

So, what’s it gonna be, Fresno? The legendary dog park? That one roundabout that no one knows how to navigate? Step right up and cast your lot into the ring of Monopoly fame. It’s your chance to etch your civic pride into the annals of board gaming history, nestled snugly between “Go to Jail” and “Free Parking.”.

Come this November, Fresno edition of Monopoly will hit the shelves at $39.99 offering a boardwalk through the city’s soul, one property at a time. It’s more than a game; it’s a crystalline reflection of Fresno itself, wrapped in the guise of capitalism’s most enduring pastime. So, prepare to pass Go, collect your 200 smackers, and remember: In the grand game of life, sometimes you’re the car, sometimes you’re the thimble, but in this game, you’re all Fresno.

Fresno, who knew you were just a dice throw away from immortalization? In the grand tapestry of Americana, you’re not just passing through – you’re landing, building, and maybe, just for a moment, ruling the Fresnopoly board.

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