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I’m still going to save all the metaphors and prophetic speech I have saved up for a later post.   For right now, I really feel nothing but peace that it is finally over.

12679 Grandin came down around 2:00 this afternoon, Tues. February 10th.    Together with my good friends, I did in fact photograph and film the whole thing, just as I did my own house.  It was eerily almost exactly like how my own house was destroyed…  A clear day, I raced to get there on time, the feelings of elation as I watched every crushing thrash of the barrel tear through the structure reducing the home to toothpicks and pebbles, it was all the same.  At  the end, the final feelings of sadness that it actually happened after all the wait was a strange reminder of a sunny fall day in October of 2006.   It was also exactly the same time of day.

There are no more homes, but there are the streets with no names, the fading house numbers painted on the curbs, and the street lights illuminating for nobody past the closed gates.     The Chinese Air Shipping hub may be a real possibility for what was once my home, but nobody knows for sure.

All we know is that our homes are now mere memories, and nobody will vandalize them now.

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Still there as of yet.   The demo crews have said that the takedown may not be until Wednesday, Feb. 11th, so we will see.   I won’t get too metaphorical until its all over.   Until then, I leave you with this summary:

Foresight and Regret Equal Nothing.       -Jami

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I went through Carrollton today and 4 of the remaining 5 homes have been torn down in the past week. There is one lone house remaing of the original 2,000.

It is 12679 Grandin. The asbestos has been removed as well as all of the materials that are used during the removal. It looks like the final chapter of Carrollton subdivision will take place with the teardown of the house on Monday. If you would like to pay your respects to the final home and to Carrollton as a whole, please do it today, Saturday, February 7, or on Sunday, February 8, 2009.  Here is where the home is.

If you cannot visit, please post your comments below. Thank you.

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Just a small update:

The house on Marburn that was partially burnt out has been demolished and they are finishing up asbestos work on Grandin, which is the last remaining house that needs to have asbestos abatement. It looks like the final demolitions of the remaining 6 houses should begin soon.

Also, it looks like things are moving along with the airport and the Chinese air shipping hub. There was a recent article in the Post Dispatch about it.

On the morning of Chinese New Year, the St. Louis region took another step in its bid to become China’s gateway to the Midwest.

Local business and government leaders met Monday with Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong in St. Louis and announced to a packed hotel conference room the creation of a Midwest China Hub Commission to steer development of an air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

I’ll be posting more photos and info in the week to come.

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