Thursday, July 14, 2005

Blocked train lines, fallen buildings and yuppie condos

I'm never quite sure what to expect these days when I hear "building collapse," but those are the words I heard this morning on the 1 train as the conductor recommended we transfer to the downtown A train at 168th St. For part of this morning, 1 trains weren't traveling underneath the area of a construction-site collapse, which -- while it injured a few people, at least one pretty severely -- was not terrorism and was not as bad as it could have been. Since it occurred at 100th and Broadway, I sort of figured it was a construction site and nothing more, but you can't be too sure these days, a mere week after London's 7/7.
Still, amid the chaos, the Times still finds a moment to add some class-war color from the scene: "On a piece of scaffolding that remained standing was a painted sign with the words 'Yuppie Condos' crossed out. " As Curbed likes to point out, it all comes back to real estate here.

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