Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Buildings Come Down Along Pershing

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Commuters on their way home this evening along Pershing Drive will see a drastically different landscape than they did this morning. The building in the 4300 block of the street is coming down as this is being posted.

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The raw footage in these videos was shot with a cell phone at about 2:00 p.m. A man sprayed water from a fire hose onto the maw of the cement crusher and the debris pile as the machinery tore into the building, knocking down the brick walls, crumbling the cement floors. The claw ripped at the body of the building and tendrils of wires and piping held on then were torn free. The wooden rafters splintered from the roof.

Later, a bulldozer came in to move the debris piles as men sifted through the bricks and steel girders.

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I wondered when this was going to start. I got some of the last pics of the structures still standing on Sunday with my cell phone.

Great catch of the action. Wish I could have seen it happening.

Vic at Big Pink
While this was inevitable, it is still sad. Sixty years of history has been destroyed. But..there will be a new building with affordable units in it. The building hopefully will look like scenario 8 that Paradigm put together. I am looking forward to the finished product.
Pate McCullough
Buckingham Village 3

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