The “Leaning Tower of Dallas” – or How to Screw Up a Demolition and Create a Worthless Landmark

As if the Kennedy assassination and the TV show “Dallas” didn’t give Texas’ second-largest city a bad reputation, we now have this beauty: the quaintly-named “Leaning Tower of Dallas” – what’s left of an 11-story building scheduled for complete demolition on February 16.  Most everyone loves a good carefully-planned building collapse, and people who dismiss a new library dedication as boring will rise at the butt-crack of dawn to see a large structure – any large structure – disintegrated.  And, on this Sunday morning, all initially proceeded as planned.  The explosives detonated, the ground trembled, and the building began to crumble.  But, as the dust cleared, everyone realized something was amiss: the building’s core – which contains the elevator shafts and stairwells – remained standing.  Nearly two weeks later, it’s still standing.  The debacle has been pure porn for social media mavens; Twitter and Instagram overrun with bad puns and cheeky comments.

It begs for the optimist – pessimist debate: an edifice strongly and securely built, or what happens when a city awards a contract to the lowest bidder.

I’ve come to view this fiasco as indicative of my life.  I’ve been pounded and beaten, but while I seem to have collapsed from all the trauma, my inner core remains intact – albeit slightly atilt.

You can see the near-total collapse here.

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