For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
The Meeting St. overpasses have evaporated
and cleanup is in full swing
The Meeting St work is almost complete. A fence has been places to separate the sidewalk from the work area. Here you can see the what is left of the Grace off ramp. Meeting St. is about ready to reopen
with cleanup in full swing
Here is the Meeting St work site viewed from the Pearman bridge on-ramp. In another day or so - the area will be restored and will provide new light for the neighborhood.
and a closer view. Gone are the overpasses in exchange for new light in the neighborhood.
Compare with 2 days ago (August 17)
Walking back, I am reminded again, of my early Sunday bicycle rides over the Pearman Bridge. Along the way I stopped and took a series of photos to track the progress with the Ravenel Bridge. These photos formed the basis of close-ups and engineering details photo essays. Looking east - the roadway is empty with only the signs reminding me of my earlier adventures on the Pearman Bridge.
and looking east, here is the what remains of the Pearman on-ramp and the Grace off-ramp.
Here is a typical example of one of these early morning photos (June 27, 2004).
Continuing walking down the off ramp, you can see the progress in removing the ramp structures - working their way toward LaSalle and East Bay.
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C. Frank Starmer