Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Well, they seem to have worked around the clock on Saturday, but they finished. First, they blocked off 3rd and brought in a really big crane:
Then they lined up each component-unit thing:
And then they stacked them on top of each other:
The stack's bigger now, since I took this shot yesterday morning. In fact, they're done. It's a fairly ugly building, that's for sure, and it looks like it was designed by an adherent to some more tractable version of Marxist-Leninism, but it's mostly done now. Enjoy your new home, modular people!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
There were things a-happening this weekend on 3rd between Blanchard and Bell. It was kind of tough to miss, because the entire street was blocked off. Why? Well, they were stacking things. I wrote about the construction a while ago and a helpful commenter wrote that the building next to Dan's was partially pre-fab in nature. Very correct; in fact it's modular. They start out with something that looks like this:
Then they get a huge crane to start stacking them like so:
And this is as far as they had gotten by this morning:
Did they finish? I'm guessing that they didn't, which means more traffic fun next weekend.
As for the building itself, I don't know. I'm not sure how I'd feel about living in a pimped-out shipping container. And how does this whole thing work? I mean, how do you get to your apartment - a system of pulleys or are they going to build an elevator? At the moment, it has not infrastructure, just a base. I'm interested in seeing how this turns out, but I don't think I'd want to live there.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I walked past the Bell Street Park construction on 4th yesterday and I'm a little surprised at how slowly it's going. They've only finished one block and that isn't very impressive. Like I've said in the past, it looks more like a traffic revision and less like a park. And all this was supposed to be done in 2009. Regardless of how disappointing it may turn out to be, it will be an improvement over this:
They've been working on this stretch between 3rd and 4th for over a month and it still looks like downtown Stalingrad.
This block isn't much better.
I feel pretty sorry for the people facing all this action. Well, in time (probably a lot of time), it will be done. And then there will be bums sleeping in the bushes. Fun!