The demolition site at El Cajon Blvd and Louisiana Street in University Heights returns five days later, because of alterations. Remnants remain of the Cave of Wonders building, but somebody has graffitied over some of the doodle drawings of the still-standing inner wall.
In reviewing the Featured Image, I see another change: The livable-looking property that was to the right behind in my previous shots is gone. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/8, ISO 100, 1/160 sec, 28mm; 4:48 p.m. PDT; Leica Q2.
Seems stupid perhaps to give so much attention to this project, but it is representative of the many, ah, renovations that obliterate homes (and some businesses) to build massive multi-unit residences. Soon, I will write about another: Last night, San Diego officials informed the UH Community Association that new bike lanes would be fashioned along Park Blvd from Adams to University, displacing and relocating parking spaces in process. The project will transform the downtown area and, from my perspective, kill what little character remains.
This news gives last week’s block party to commemorate the iconic UH sign a whole different meaning: A wake. Surely there is some symbolism appropriate for the grave of the Cave and other buildings that once hugged The Boulevard at Louisiana.