Best Of 2009

Best Belatedly Appreciated Treasure: The Superman House

Anyone with an appreciation for history and the power of young imaginations should grok the significance of the Glenville house where Jerry Siegel dreamed up one of the most recognizable characters of the last 100 years, Superman. Last year, decades after local officials first paid lip service to preserving the home, author Brad Meltzer helped get the effort rolling. In a video at his site, Meltzer explains, "I love the idea that all of us, in our ordinariness, want to do something better, want to be something better." Today the home is occupied by its owners (sorry, no Christmas Story House-like tours and gift shop), but it's marked so that tourists and neighbors alike know something world-changing happened here. (10622 Kimberley). — Lewis