Last night, I was amazed. I was watching TV when this commercial came on.
It featured a building. A very familiar building. A building I've passed nearly every day these past 25 plus years that I've lived in Westover, near Johnson City, NY.
I've blogged about this building time and time again, since the floods of September 7-8, 2011.
Ruined by the flood, it stands vacant, patiently waiting for the demolition ball. Snowball bushes bloom near the former entrance. The day lilies were blooming not that long ago.
Now, NY State has made a commercial about the former BAE building in Johnson City, NY.
The flood took 1300 jobs from our neighborhood, and several other employers who will never return. Those buildings lie vacant, too.
But the good news is, the state saved those jobs, at least for five years, and other vacant buildings once owned by IBM, a few miles away, are now buzzing with activity.
It's bittersweet. And I still wish the building could be saved. In my daydreams, the building (or at least, a replacement building after the BAE building is torn down) becomes a farmers market. The location would be so ideal, near to highways and right in back of a bus stop on a major BC Transit line.
The long goodbye continues.