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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gravity Always Wins

It happened Sunday morning, in the early stages of Newswatch 16.  I wandered in to the newsroom during the sports break, just in time to hear the scanner going nuts and a photographer running for the door.

A building at Main and Storrs in Dickson City had just collapsed under the weight of all that snow.

And another part of my childhood crumbled.
Until Sunday, this was a Chinese restaurant on the first floor and some vacant apartments above.

Back when I was in junior high school, this was the Dickson A/G Market, a place for a good, cheap, and filling lunch time submarine sandwich.  It was a welcome change from the cellophane packaged and heat lamped trash they served back at the school.

I stopped by for a last look yesterday.  It's just a pile of rubble.  Soon, it will be a hole in the ground, presumable followed by an empty lot.  It's a good location and I hope someone does something useful with the property.

Dickson City lost a lot of its character Sunday morning.  There's not much left here.  A pretty old bank was replaced with a generic looking bank building several years ago.  The post office is vacant.  A pair of nice family owned bakeries are long gone.

Small towns aren't what they used to be.