Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chomp chomp chomp chomp, Another One Bites The Dust

South Burlington, VT

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.

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