Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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February 10, 2007: A walk with Sparky, Liza and Lauren

Sparky's daughter Liza is in town, along with her friend, Lauren. What better way to enjoy a day than walk the Ravenel and remember what used to be there and enjoy what is now there.

Here is Liza starting at East Bay

And the lone Piearman pier with the soon-to-disappear Grace pier in the background

Look at what is behind Lauren and Liza - looking toward Meeting St. GREEN space - no spagetti jungle of Grace and Pearman ramps

Walking along the bicycle - jogging lane looking at a desolate Drum island

And the Port - with a lone Grace Pier, soon to disappear (the pier, that is, not the port)

Another view of the port and pier

Look at the new Charleston skyline

and what Michael and his 1250 have done

Passing memory lane. It was two years ago when Oliver Forget and his Freyssinet team were pulling the last strands of a stay cable

Looking west. For a comparison

From April 23, 2005: looking west


and looking east


and a month later, looking east, May 20, 2005


Sparky art photos - a Ravenel Tower - many memories from viewing the construction with David Wurtz and the Freyssinet guys

Looking back on a Ravenel Tower

The transition from the west to east stay cables

Look at the stay anchor chair

And Mickey's next job

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