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A year later and still no progress on 118 Madison collapse

On March 25, 2011, the roof of the neglected building at 118 Madison, in the heart of Downtown Memphis, collapsed, causing the Fire Department to close Madison due to structural issues with the Building.  After 4 months, not much progress had been made and I posted In a Real City on 7/5/2011, picking up on a quote from Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris.  Here’s the way the building looked then, 4 months after the collapse.

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Progress on 118 Madison 8/10/11 - 4 months after collapse (8/11/2011)

When I posted again about the building in August, 2011 – In a real city – revisited –  still no progress had been made on repairing or demolishing the building.  Not wanting to turn this into the Downtown Neglect Blog, I observed but didn’t post about the building again.

So what’s up now? Continue reading

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.

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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.   Continue reading

In a real city

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Looking West from Second Street - Madison Avenue

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.  Not only is the Trolley unable to run on Madison in Downtown, but a major east-west artery is blocked – an artery that terminates at the brand new University of Memphis Law School and passes the classy Madison Hotel. Continue reading

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