Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ain't No Sunshine

More rain. More. As if we needed another 1-3 inches of rain by tomorrow. Seriously?

I think we're at something like 16 out of 20 days in May with rain. Hopefully, the forecasters will be right (now there's some high hopes for ya). The weekend is supposed to be hot and dry. This will be the first time in at least a month that we'll have a rain-free weekend ... if they're right.

I won't hold my breath.

In other news, a long discussed plan to remove the skybridge across Washington Avenue, connecting the old Stix Baer & Fuller building with the now defunct St. Louis Centre, is actually moving forward. (And, I noticed that while I was off, the gutting is really speeding up at the old shopping mall, too. I need to get some updated photos of this.) It's funny, if not a little ironic, that I watched them build St. Louis Centre back in the '80s. Now, I'm watching them gut it.

They are officially closing that stretch of Washington tonight to accommodate the demolition. I know this because our bus will be temporarily rerouted while this is happening. I'm not sure how long it is supposed to take. I want to go down and get photos of it before they actually tear it down and also of the progress. I can do that ... if it will ever stop raining!

I just realized that I do have a picture of it, though it's largely covered by this massive banner advertising the All Stars game last year.

I've always resented that they attached this ugly thing to the front of the old Stix building. Obviously, it was convenient to have when there was actually a mall operating, but it was always ugly. (There's a similarly ugly, albeit smaller) version over Locust connecting the old mall to the former Famous-Barr, now Macy's.)

When news resurfaced that the Washington skybridge was coming down, I read somewhere that it's not actually attached by much so, ideally, it did little if any damage to the historic building's front. I sure hope that's the case.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

Today was the first day we've seen sunshine in a while too. And there's more rain to come. I know it'll be nice to have had the rain come this summer, but it sure is good to get some Vitamin D too :)