Tuesday, August 11, 2009
VIDEO: Water, Sewer Ripped Out At Uncle Bill's Store...
It isn't very exciting as far as videos go, but it gets some folks in the neighborhood pretty riled up; some with positive feelings, some with negative feelings. It's the first punch in a much-anticipated boxing match: the old Uncle Bill's store versus heavy equipment. Backhoe of Doom versus the alleged former residence of several hoes in a no-holds-barred ruuuuuuuuuuuumble in the rubbbbbbbbbbbble!
This video just shows the guys fooling around with their equipment. They had already dug one large hole in the street, and here they were apparently switching between the scoop versus jackhammer function. They were pretty casual about the whole affair. I kept waiting for Lennie Chism to show up, yelling like he did at the Fifth Ward DFL convention, but he was nowhere to be seen.
In the match between bricks and backhoe, who will be the victor? Who will be left holding ownership of a very expensive hole in the ground? How will Chipper The Entrepreneurial Squirrel find some self-benefitting angle?
This battle is kind of a mismatch, don't you think? The outcome isn't REALLY in question, the only question is HOW UGLY WILL IT GET?
Don Allen's blog has written about Lennie Chism's desire to stop the demolition, click here. Now Lennie appears to be saying stuff like, well, if the building can't be used for a store, at least it could be lofts or something. It seems Lennie prefers to live in his dream world and ignore the people who are experts in the cost of this kind of rehab. Lennie seemed to feel his ownership would stop the demolition. Well, that and some "positive thinking" fast talk and a few comparisons between himself and the great men of history.
However, demolition doesn't appear to have paused by so much as a single minute.
Where was Lennie while the utilities were ripped out this morning? Well, as you can see, he's not in this video.
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