Last weekend I noticed that one of my favorite buildings had come down. While driving down 40, I glanced towards the Armory and saw a large lot of dirt to its south instead of the corrugated-steel warehouse that was there last time I had looked.
I admit that the building was not an architectural marvel, or even particularly attractive, but I loved it. With its ring of graffiti underneath the large letters announcing its former tenant, this building told the story of the area now and in the past. It had me imagining what it was like alongside the train tracks running through the middle of the city when they were alive and productive here. Only two blocks south of Market Street and directly on the tracks, this was a prime location. In addition to all of this, the building had a small feature that really attracted me to it. This Bear (or Badger as I have always called him) was on the West side of the building. I will miss it.
A couple google searches taught me that the Million square foot warehouse sold by Macy’s last year for 2 million dollars has at least 2 tenants now: Hazzard Moving and Storage, and Warehouse of Stuff. Hopefully this land will be used productivly for those tenants or maybe for some future plans for the Armory (wouldn’t that be cool?). I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but whatever it is, I won’t forget what was here before.
I really wish progress didn’t have to be so destructive.