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Feb. 22 2010 - 1:37 pm | 3,702 views | 2 recommendations | 4 comments

Watch Cabrini-Green disappear right before your eyes

My friend Ryan Flynn lives across the street from 660 W. Division, the latest Cabrini-Green building to get the wrecking ball. He and his girlfriend, Calynn, painstakingly documented its demolition this fall and winter, and created this stop motion demolition video. Take a look:

These buildings coming down make some people happy. It makes others sad. Some think it’s bittersweet. Eitherway, it’s our community and our city changing right before our eyes. No matter how we see it, it’s important that it’s seen.

Thanks to Ryan and Calynn for documenting the changes in their neighborhood.


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  1. collapse expand

    That’s a really strange way to take down a building.

    From everything I’ve been led to believe, they should have just set a couple fires inside of it and it should have collapsed into its’ own footprint at near free fall speed.

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