In a Real City (revisited)

Still no progress on collapsed building at 118 Madison

On July 5, I posted In a Real City addressing the 3 month closing of Madison Avenue in the heart of Downtown.

Excerpt from In a Real City, posted 7/5/2011
Late in March of this year, the Commercial Appeal reported the roof collapsed at 118 Madison, a 4-story Downtown building, between Main and Second.  Due to potential dangers from the structure, the Fire Department closed the street.  Two months later, in early June, Center City Commission President Paul Morris caught some criticism for saying that a “real city” would not let a collapsed building block the Downtown Trolley for more than two months.

This is a 7/5/11 photo taken of the progress of repairs on 118 Madison.

Madison Closing 7-5

Progress on 118 Madison - 7/7/11 - 3 months after collapse

To the casual observer, little, if any, progress has been made in the last month.   This photo was taken August 12, 2011, over 4 months after the collapse.

madison closing 8-10-11

Progress on 118 Madison 8/10/11 - 4 months after collapse

Can you see any progress?  Has the Mayor, City Council, or environmental court revisited this issue?  Have we heard anything from the owners, who list their address as right around the corner on Second St.?  How long is Memphis going to allow this to go on?

If you are Downtown much, you know there are a lot of neglected buildings, many possibly on the verge of collapse.  Would the city live with a closing of South Main if more the Chisca Hotel collapsed into the street?

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