These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................
Monday, October 19, 2009
Goodbye, Bannister Mall
Caroline sent me this link. If you live(d) in Kansas City, out in my 'hood, you remember Bannister Mall. If you visited, I probably took you there. It was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. It was a thriving, lively place with some of the best stores in the world. After 15 or 20 years of success and luring other really good businesses into the surrounding area, it went down hill, and what/who's to blame is debatable. Urban blight, lack of security, poor planning by community leaders, whatever. It was demolished this year.
The steps in this photo are where we sat to watch my kids, well, Terri, and several of my grandchildren wait to talk to Santa Claus. This is where we watched Scott and the choir perform. Terri and I sat on these steps or the many benches in the mall, and "people watched," often eating a Cinnabon or some other sinful treat.
The Mall was is awful shape for the last few years I lived there. It was abandoned or nearly so, vandalized. It became a scary place, sad after the years of life we enjoyed there. I have really, really good memories of it, and I hate to see this.
What a loss.