Life goes on. When I left for vacation, the above building was still standing as it had at NE 2 and Walnut for a half century. It had a colorful history – one my friend Doug Loudenback shares here. But the building was in bad shape. It was not a surprise that it was to come down. Plans were announced last month that the site would be cleared to make way for a modern Aloft Hotel with a mix of restaurants and shops – not a bad addition to the Maywood neighborhood (is it in Deep Deuce or Flat Iron? I’m not even sure anymore).
So the site today looked like this:
The demolition crews aren’t done yet. They’re getting ready for their next project – maybe you’ve heard of it: SandRidge Commons.
Now that I’ve returned from vacation, I’m determined to pace myself a bit more. I have about a dozen good stories to produce – and I’ll be going through the list one by one, day by day. Have no doubt – there’s a lot going on downtown and if experience is a good guide, it should only get more hectic after Labor Day.
Exciting new developments are about to pop downtown. New businesses are coming in. Yes, there will continue to be disagreements, controversies and some bitter moments. But through it all, there’s a lot of good, fun news to report.
Thanks for being patient as I traveled off to “Vienna” (actually Colorado Springs). I had a great time, I’m back, I’m refreshed and ready to roll.