I think I mentioned before that a good form of local entertainment this summer is the demolition of 87 houses surrounding the Burlington International Airport. Here is a picture from this morning.
It takes only 30 minutes to demolish a single storey house or 60 minutes for a two-storey one. It takes the rest of the day to demolish the basement, to fill the empty hole with soil, and to smooth it in preparation for growing grass. In a month, it will look like a lawn that has been there forever. Only pictures, will record that a house ever stood on that spot. No traces will remain for future archaeologists.
Look at the lime green bedroom wall. I surmise that it was a child's bedroom. Some boy or girl grew up there and would have a heavy emotional investment in the memories of those walls. Fortunately, that boy or girl was not there to witness the demolition. It would probably feel like a personal attack on their identity if they did witness it.
That machine with the claw looks like a monster munching the house. Think of Godzilla. It is almost irresistible to watch as a form of entertainment. I see several people from the neighborhood out there every day.