The Municipal Complex

Melancholy noticed this place was on its way to being torn down.  It was once a complex of buildings from which the city handled affairs pertaining to traffic.  While it appeared some things were slated to be preserved, today it is nothing more than a parking lot for the nearby facilities for livestock shows.


Here's a Google Earth overview of the whole complex of buildings.  Those little specks throughout are cars.

We biked over here one afternoon and just went on in through the gate.  The demolition had stopped for the afternoon, so we pretty much had the place (or what was left of it) to ourselves.

The font and graphic were so inviting that I'm glad the place was open.  Actually, there wasn't a building remaining here that wasn't wide open (if it still had any doors at all).

Many of the offices had large maps like this detailing the placement of traffic lights around the city or other civil issues.

Even though nearly all the furniture was moved out of a lot of these places, there was still a lot of paperwork and other somewhat random objects that made me wonder why they never made it onto the moving van.

A wide view.  Interestingly, it looks like most of these buildings were brand new (or nearly so).  There was no indication on-site why the city would shut down this facility.

Some nice desks.  And there's that map again.  Clearly this is the lair of Lex Luthor!

Still more papers.  I wish they would have carted these out to a recycling bin if they were just going to demolish the place with them inside.

I found this puzzling.  This was one of several glued-together puzzles in this office.  Can you imagine someone with OCD working for the city?  Yeah, I guess this would be the perfect job, wouldn't it?

We interpreted the "N" on the building as a "No" (Note another one in the distance).  There were other buildings that had a "Y" on them, so that made sense.  What it meant, however, is a mystery.  The obvious conclusion was that they weren't going to tear these down.  But they did in the end, along with everything else.

The buildings in the distance were already demolished when we got there, so you can't blame that on us.

I don't know if they even took anything out of the fridges.  There were several of them on-site, and all had at least something inside.

Another office that looks like they only took the essentials, whatever those happened to be.  Apparently chairs fell under that category, but not the desks.

Holy shit, Batman!  They have our phone!

Seriously, I would love to know just who was on the other end of whatever this connected to.


More demolition at the edge of the complex.

One area was a large service garage for city vehicles.  This is just one small part of it.

I got the high score on this, but didn't beat my all-time record.

We found loads of blueprints for streets and, more importantly, sewer lines and drainage tunnels.  Unfortunately, they weren't as easy to read as you might expect, so they didn't really yield anything useful in the short time we spent glancing at the few we bothered to look over.

I have about a million more pictures of offices just like this with crap all over the floor and what not, just in case you need some self-esteem about your own space or whatever.

Continue to Part II