“Heartbreak isn’t permanent unless we let it be. It’s more a redesign.”
~ Lennart Lundh
Think back to Friday when I said I’d taken my camera on a walk to survey the demolition down on Southland Drive. Here’s a shot from that day. On March 2 of this year, I posted the photo below when I could still get close to the buildings. It’s sad to see them go because they’re so different from any other buildings in town. Worse still is what’s replacing them: a generic style low-cost clinic. Such nondescript architecture seems to be ‘the’ style for Lexington. A stranger walked by as I was shooting through the fence. “It’s a tragedy, isn’t it? I voted ‘ney’, but it wasn’t enough,” he said, with a hint of sadness. “That’s all you can do,” I replied. Many of us wrote the mayor about the demolition plans. His response wasn’t unkind, but not exactly inspiring. He simply said the city has no say in the matter. My neighbor with a two year old and twins on the way expressed her doubts just yesterday about the new facility; how it will change the neighborhood’s foot and vehicle traffic, not to mention the aesthetics. It has the potential to radically change the close-knit, calm essence of the place; the very reason so many of us choose to live in Southland. As I said to my neighbor, “We have to stay positive. That’s all we can do now.” I remain ever hopeful.