Once upon a time, there was a venerable old shopping center at Broadway and Wilmot in Tucson called The Mercado. It featured pink adobe buildings with tile roofs. Once years ago I wrote about one of the shops there, called Choc-alot, which had an astounding variety of gourmet chocolates in different shapes and recipes. Years before that, the United Whovians of Tucson honored Doctor Who actor John Levene at a restaurant there called The Good Earth. That restaurant is long gone, but just a month ago I had lunch at a different restaurant there called El Charro.
But one weekend recently there were suddenly dozens of flags and banners flying outside the old pink buildings. Some of them were Tea Party-inspired, some were about cars and even tattoos. Odd. A few days after that, this happened:
First a bunch of tiles were knocked off the roof of El Charro. Was it malicious, or were they renovating the building? Either way, the restaurant had been closed. But that was just the beginning.
Soon the building was just a shell.
Then it was a pile of rubble. And the building behind it was starting to go the same way.
For a while the building that once housed Choc-alot survived.
But no more.
So what's the point of all this destruction, of these neat old buildings holding decades of memories?
It's going to be the site of a CVS Pharmacy, in a town that always had several CVS pharmacies, some Osco locations and a Walgreen's at practically every major intersection. What else? Phooey.
That's it for this one. Check out my other entry if you can handle blood and guts type stuff. And definitely please also go see the other Robins' entries:
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