Of probably no interest at all to anyone outside the Tampa Bay area is the somewhat long and unfortunate recent history of the locally iconic Pier in St. Petersburg. It is in the midst of a make-over. The old inverted pyramid is being torn down and something new will be put in its place. Don't feel bad, though. It was basically an expensive tourist trap. It housed an aquarium, a couple niche restaurants and a few shops that sold sweatshirts with "I Heart St. Pete" and other crap like that. Few real Floridians went there.
I visited Vinoy Park - that most exalted place where you see everything and your blood pressure drops by 20 beats per minute. I spied the demolition. I'm a little sad. Somewhere on this blog I posted my visit to the last day the Pier was in business. It was here that I pedaled my bike to welcome the Privateer Lynx to the area and she fired a couple salvos in salute. This was where Kenzie and Drew brought me on my first ever visit.
It was also the subject of my first plein air painting. Did the city fathers screw this one up? Sure. It also cost the last mayor his job. You simply don't tear down the landmarks you want the world to remember you by. My guess is St. Louis will do whatever they have to in order to keep the Arch. Washington, D.C. will keep Washington's monument. Emerald City here will keep the clock. To you future city planners - you want something to last forever? Make sure your landmarks last longer than 40 years.