I am not, I must tell you, entirely happy to bring you this short post. So much about this Mayberry situation, the situation of happening upon this story by accident, does not suit me. I do have emotions about the tearing down of fantastic places, be it, stately homes, buildings or people—certainly the tearing down of my dream home. (Please read Mysteries of Omaha: 5120 Mayberry Street, Mysteries of Omaha: 5120 Mayberry Street Part Two, Mysteries of Omaha: 5120 Mayberry Street Part Three, Mysteries of Omaha: 5120 Mayberry Street Part Four). The awareness that time marches on and in that awareness that, our dreams might need to be renegotiated too. I would much prefer to be looking at old photos and aspiring to a future that looks like the past, or better yet, to be walking with Mr. Cassette and happening upon a divine new architectural obsession. But I would guess that we— you and I, are the same in that. So I have let you in on my troubles…and meanwhile, warned you that this is no merry stroll down Mayberry Memory Lane. Mr. Cassette and I have not dared to go on one of our 51st Street walks after these unfortunate events have taken place. It hurts the heart, quite frankly. So with the emotional detachment or reserve of a journalist or, say, a detective, we will survey the recent documents sent by our friends at the Elmwood Tower. We are so grateful for their view of this situation and their interest in this story, as much as it surely pains them.
Backhoe and equipment. It would appear that the property is being excavated and leveled. Photo by Elmwood Tower friend.
April 19th, 2016. The Harding-Mcgill home windows, at 5120 Mayberry, have been removed. Any day now…..Photo by Elmwood Tower friend.
April 23, 2016. The Lanphier home, at 812 South 51st Street, was demolished this Saturday. Photo by Elmwood Tower friend.
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