You may find yourself afflicted with “the brickness” aka the Brick Sickness after a few foraging missions.  The main symptom is an obsession of finding “the mother lode” of pristine bricks for a patio, brick oven or driveway.  You may snicker, but it does happen.

If you reside in the old neighborhoods of Columbus, you will occasionally drive by what looks like an abandoned pile of bricks (see below):

Such is not the case. (see below again).

The metal plate is left behind by a city work crew and the pile of bricks is what they pulled out of the road to get to what they hope to fix.  The metal plate may be there for days, weeks or months.  It may seem abandoned, but eventually, on the government concept of time, someone is going to come back and replace the bricks in the road.  So leave the pile untouched to save the taxpayers money (Columbus paid for them 100 years ago) and preserve the history of the street.

Think about how well the bricks hold up compared to concrete and asphalt.  If you take the bricks, there is no replacement for them.  Some studies have shown that brick roads also save lives and gas by forcing people to observe speed limits due to the rough and uneven nature of brick pavement.

However, do watch the pile, almost always it seems more coming out than going back in so when the repairs are complete, there are usually a couple of stragglers left behind.