Thursday, April 9, 2009

McGuire Scaffold-Watch! Week: ????

Back in the nineties, there was a plague of new apartments in the neighborhood. Many of these were put up rather poorly and have since had to undergo major repairs. The prime example of this is the Belltown Court. It occupies an entire block (between Battery & Wall and 1st and 2nd). It had a scaffold up around it for something like two years, including at least six months when it was wrapped in plastic. Can you imagine moving to Belltown specifically because it's hip 'n' happenin' and then spending months of your at home hours staring at a sheet of plastic outside your window? That's kind of a sucker deal, don't you think? Poor design and hasty construction make these embarrassments possible.

Well, history repeats itself. The McGuire (located at 2nd & Wall), built 15 or so years back now has a scaffolding around it. And though it only occupies two sides, it's still a pretty massive structure. And it's been there for a while. So just think about how overjoyed you'd be to live in a place that had to undergo such a thorough exterior renovation so soon after it was built. Just think of what might be wrong on the inside! Hey, my building is 99 years old. How many times has it felt the gentle kiss of the helpful scaffold? Zero times.

I'm going to keep track of how long the scaffold stays up. It should be kind of entertaining. I'm thinking that it'll probably still be there in a year. Who wants to bet??

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