Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 199, 15 May 2013

It wasn't quite Berlin in 1989, but it was still very exciting to see the wall come tumbling -- very reluctantly -- to the ground. Watching the demolition definitely made it clear that "they don't build 'em like they used to"-- this was one solid wall!
The first two pictures were taken at the start of the work day. The "No Parking" sign painted on the wall in the lower right corner of the first picture makes a good point of reference with the later pictures. With the exception of the final picture, which was taken after the work ended for the day, the remaining pictures were taken over the course of about 30 minutes this afternoon. 
This was some of the most apartment-shakingly loud work so far and will continue into tomorrow. But my neighbors and i were gathered on the back porch, cheering as each chunk of wall crumbled. I even donned my pretty pink hard hat for the occasion.

This picture shows the depth of the excavation and the size of the wall.
Note the "No Parking" sign in the lower right.

Here's how it looked at ground level this morning.

This picture shows some of the chucks of rock flying through the air.
The "No Parking" sign is half gone at this point.
All in a day's work!

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