The demolition firm hired to demolish the Magruder building have informed me that demolition work is scheduled to begin on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, AT 10AM.
We take this as reliable as the City has been shown a contract for the work to be carried out between the firm, G&M Construction, and the Indian allottee owners.
You can expect this event to be covered by the press so please join me in cheering the demolishers on that day in the morning.
We have reliable information that the plans for the demolition of the derelict Magruder building are proceeding with a TENTATIVE date for work to start scheduled for Monday, November 30th.
If that IS the actual date scheduled we should have confirmation this coming Wednesday, November 25th.
Rumors that the day the demolition work starts will be declared a City-wide historic day known as "Magruder Day", are simply that, rumors, well at least so far! ;o)
I've been commissioned to write an article for AboutFace Magazine (based in Portland), to be published next year, about the future of Palm Springs. AboutFace is a lifestyle magazine and the article will, I hope, help promote Palm Springs but in a thought-provoking way.
I'm asking a variety of people what they think Palm Springs will be like in ten, twenty-five and fifty years from now, (hence the tentative title "Palm Springs: 2066"). Questions include things like:
"Who will live in Palm Springs?"
"How will they live here?"
"Will it be a resort town?"
"What will it physically look like, (in terms of buildings, landscape etc)?"
but questions needn't be limited to those.
Clearly there is no one correct answer and predicting the future is really impossible as there will be things that happen that no one can anticipate and so I intend the article to present a variety of different visions of the city in future.
I'm looking for a wide range of views and invite anyone who reads this blog to participate. You can participate by:
but in order for your opinion to be quoted in the article please either send me a friend request on FaceBook or an email as I shall need to communicate directly with those people I may want to quote to request their permission to do so.
Although the questions posed are about the future, of course the subject is as much about what Palm Springs is like now and what might be the issues or challenges that lie ahead for it. The idea is explore together by thinking ahead, how the City might develop and change.
I aim to keep this free-form discussion open until the end of the year. I hope you find this invitation appealing and enjoyable to participate in (I'll do my best to ensure that it is by weeding out discourteous postings), and I look forward to learning your thoughts. My thanks in anticipation.
Neighbors inform me that there has been another traffic collision today at the intersection of Mesquite and S. Palm Canyon Drive, (my thanks to them for the photo above).
Readers may recall that a few months ago in the same location a southbound car left the road, collided with the traffic signal equipment, turned over and collided with the building housing the offices of Fey Real Estate. That followed the death of a woman crossing the road further south on S. Palm Canyon Drive hit by a northbound car, the death of a Canadian woman visitor crossing S. Palm Canyon Drive hit by a northbound car near Palmera, and the death of a cyclist from Rancho Mirage making a left turn off S. Palm Canyon Drive hit by a southbound car.
All these accidents have taken place in the space of two to three years and are only the ones I know about. I have been aware of more accidents on that one mile stretch of road near where I live here, than in all the decades I have lived elsewhere.
Contractors were seen at the derelict gas filling station at 1100 S. Palm Canyon Drive yesterday. They told me that they were filling in the wells that had been used to remove the gasoline which had escaped from a leaking tank many years ago.
Filling in the wells is one of the final steps in completing the environmental mitigation work which has been taking place there for around sixteen years and means that the property may now come to the market and be redeveloped. For those who live nearby this won't be a moment too soon.
I was in Home Depot yesterday to get some supplies, the things you need to have ready in case there's an earthquake or things you need to help mitigate damage, and took some pics of the goodies on display.
If you've got bookcases or pictures that can be shaken over or down start earthquake-proofing your home. Keep your slippers by your bed, (there'll be shattered glass on the floor), and a flashlight handy. The one shown in the pic is a windup flashlight with built in radio, charger for your phone and even a siren. My friends in Napa lost power at their home for days after the earthquake there last year and their cell phone eventually went dead. Have a container with supplies, (food, water, manual can opener, light sources, First Aid kit, batteries, etc. etc.), for you and your beloved(s) stocked. We'll post more information on what the Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT), recommends permanently on this website.
Best of all, take the CERT course and be ready to help both yourself and your family, (including your pets), and your neighbors.
Even after a fire and the recent announcement that the derelict Magruder building would be demolished sometime in the week commencing November 16th, it still is attracting large numbers of vagrants and is not secured. The former Rock Garden building is in the same state.
A reader took this photo of a trash can at Pavillions on Sunrise.
Bob Weinstein, who ran for mayor this year, told me that the gardener who works at the commercial building he owns near the derelict Magruder building, had refused to tend to the planters around it because he was finding so many discarded needles.
Discarded needles can kill people by transmitting diseases and I am told by a medical practitioner that the lifetime cost of treating someone who contracts the more deadly forms of hepatitis or similar diseases can run to one million dollars or more.
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The Yes, Include Me! blog, is written by Jonathan Freeman with love, curiosity and a dose of cynicism about Palm Springs and the people who try to run it for people who live here for whatever period that may be.