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chris08876 Apr 18, 2014 11:47 AM

The Implosion Thread
Post videos/Images of implosions in your city or metro area.

For the city that I'm usually in: Newark, NJ

Hill Manor Housing Projects

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Scudder Homes

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tech12 Apr 18, 2014 8:54 PM

The geneva towers public housing complex in SF:

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They were not a nice place to live:


In just 15 seconds, the troubled 30-year-history of Geneva Towers, two San Francisco highrises once racked by drugs, shootings and mismanagement, will end today in an explosive cloud of dust...

...Geneva Towers was built in 1967 as private housing. But when the buildings failed to attract middle-income renters the owners sought low-income Section 8 tenants whose rents were subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For years, the owners pocketed $200,000 a month in federal rent subsidies while the towers fall apart.

By the time HUD took over in 1991, Geneva Towers was a den of dope-dealing and violence. The takeover marked the first time the agency ever foreclosed on a property because of unsafe living conditions.

Indeed, rival gangs used to battle for tower turf and for a time whole floors of the buildings were controlled by drug dealers.

"The post office would not deliver on site. Pizza parlors would not deliver. The phone company ripped out all the public phones because workers refused to service them," said former Mayor Art Agnos, HUD's acting assistant secretary for housing. "The Police Department wouldn't go into the building unless there were two or three cars for backup."

In the towers' heyday, more than 1,000 people lived in the 585 units in the scary-looking mountains of concrete that soared above the neighborhood. As a result of poor management and lax security, criminals operated freely, frightening all those who came near.

"It's been hell for many, many years," said June Jackson, a retired teacher who lives in the neighborhood. "We're very glad to say goodbye."

One year alone, police reported seven homicides on the towers' grounds -- three in the buildings.

It was so bad that even police, often summoned to the place, approached with care, bracing for a dangerous onslaught of missiles from upper balconies -- rocks, televisions and once even a bowling ball.

But nothing compared to the chilling reception Deputy Chief Richard Holder got while still a patrolman in the 1970s.

"One of my first calls to that address, as we pulled up in front of the building I recall stepping out of my car and taking a step back . . . and a body landed right next to my car," said Holder, now head of Field Operations.

"Patroling the towers was a nightmare," said Holder. "I was shot at several times. We were routinely sniped at."

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seaskyfan Apr 19, 2014 3:55 AM

Never mind - can't get the link to work.

chris08876 Apr 29, 2014 12:21 PM

This happened in Apr 28, 2014: Demolition of part of the former Miami Herald building

Notice the people right near it. Why are they so close?

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ThatOneGuy Apr 30, 2014 1:54 AM

Shame about that last one.

MolsonExport Apr 30, 2014 12:32 PM

The Infamous Pruitt-Igoe, St. Louis
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MolsonExport Apr 30, 2014 12:33 PM

Sports Stadium demolitions:
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SignalHillHiker Apr 30, 2014 1:40 PM

A residential building at the former American military base in Argentia, Newfoundland, being imploded. By far the biggest demolition we've ever had.

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shivtim Apr 30, 2014 1:43 PM

A few from Atlanta:

Roosevelt House (public housing). Opened 1973, demolished 2011.
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615 Peachtree. Opened 1959, demolished 2006. Was supposed to be replaced with new condos, but the economy killed the new project. Currently an Emory Hospital cancer treatment facility is being constructed on the site.
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Nantais May 3, 2014 9:16 PM

A bunch of impressive ones from Europe :

Tour Plein Ciel in Saint-Etienne, France (built in 1970, demolished in 2011) :
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Barre B de Champfleury in Avignon, France (built probably in the late 1950's or early 1960's, demolished in 1987):
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Another one from Saint-Etienne : La "Muraille de Chine" (The "Great Wall of China", it was the nickname of this housing project, built in the 1960's, demolished in 2000), starts at 2:20 :
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Barre Debussy, in La Courneuve, near Paris, France (built in the 1960's, demolished in 1986), starts at 0:54 :
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Sandfield Road Flats in Glasgow, UK (built in the 1960's, demolished in 2013), starts at 1:53 :
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Nantais May 3, 2014 9:25 PM

And another one from Nantes, France : Le Tripode (built in 1970, demolished in 2005... I was there !).
Contrary to the other ones I posted, this one isn't an housing project but an office building which was abandoned in the early 1990's because it was full of asbestos (starts at 0:41) :
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mdiederi May 5, 2014 1:09 AM

Stardust, Las Vegas, gutted and ready for implosion. Encore under construction on the right.

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Preparing the Frontier for implosion.

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chris08876 Jul 18, 2014 5:19 PM

This happened a couple of months ago.
Howard Johnson Demolition

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scalziand Jul 18, 2014 5:50 PM

^^Jesus, I can't believe they didn't close traffic on that road.

chris08876 Oct 6, 2014 3:29 PM

Sheraton Brickell Implosion


Implosion of the Sheraton on Brickell Avenue in Miami to make way for Icon Brickell and Viceroy Resorts and Residences.
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chris08876 Feb 10, 2015 5:09 PM

Feb. 10, 2015: Clarion casino

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MolsonExport Feb 10, 2015 5:51 PM

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chris08876 Jun 15, 2015 8:18 PM

This Recently happened:

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Jun 15, 2015

chris08876 Aug 31, 2015 11:46 PM

Aug. 29, 2015:

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