2017 May 14
originally posted on facebook

“They lifted half a city block […] and an estimated all in weight including hanging sidewalks of thirty five thousand tons. Businesses operating out of these premises were not closed down for the lifting; […] One patron was puzzled to note that the front steps leading from the street into the hotel were becoming steeper every day and that when he checked out, the windows were several feet above his head, whereas before they had been at eye level. […] the practice of putting the old multi-story, intact and furnished wooden buildings – sometimes entire rows of them en bloc – on rollers and moving them to the outskirts of town or to the suburbs was so common as to be considered nothing more than routine traffic.”


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