. . . And Things That Go

LA MESA -- When my children were young they loved being read to.  And I loved to read, so it was a match made in heaven.  One of their favorite books as well as one of mine was Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.  In it was every conceivable thing that could go. Trucks and cars and fire engines.   A pumpkin car.  A broom-o-cycle. And every manner of construction vehicle you could ever wish to see.  That was my favorite spread in the book.  The construction vehicles.  

That's why I am so excited, or at least that's one of the reasons I am excited about the Street Scape coming to my block next week.  I have watched it happening up and down La Mesa Blvd, most recently in front of San Filippos.  I love the sights, the sounds, and the busy-ness of the entire process.  

Make no mistake, I know the difficulties it has brought to businesses, keeping shoppers at bay and bringing  dust and dirt and noise to the door. And I don't mean to minimize that hardship in any way.  But for me, for the next month or so, I am going to be over the moon watching all the heavy equipment right outside my door at 8219.   With my perfect perch here I will watch it go from destruction to completion, and if it looks as wonderful as it does down at San Filippos now, which of course it will, it will be a fascinating thing to behold.  

I have had remodeling done at my house a few times, and I know what a mess it can be.  And weather can cause delays.  But once done it is so precisely perfect it is a marvel to behold.  In the case of the Street Scape, I wonder, as often I do at building sites, how do so many people working separately come up with completed projects so straight and perfect, everything joining up right where it should.  Incredible to my way of thinking. 

So for those of you who don't have the bird's eye view that I have, I'm going to send a few before during and after photos from inside my store as my block is the recipient of the make over.  I might even bring in my old copy of Cars and Trucks and Things That Go and see if any of the vehicles Richard Scarry drew come past my store.  Probably not a pickle car or a mouse van, but I’m excited to see a few tractors and fork lifts and my favorite, the cement mixers and dump trucks.

Progress is a good thing!

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Comment by Frank Robert Dittmer on February 19, 2015 at 2:30pm

Chris,  I too am very excited to get our block going and I'am looking forward to the new look.  I love the idea of progress pictures from inside your store.  I will also take photos of my store front at 8209 La Mesa blvd., to document all the construction activities.  I hope they plant one of the lovely trees in front of my bay windows.  I will be very trying for business, with that, I hope that all La Mesa residence understand how important it is to continue shopping and patronizing the local businesses inside the construction zone.   

Comment by chris shea on February 19, 2015 at 1:16pm

Thanks Suzie!  I'm sure there are plenty of people who have had a hard time with the noise, but I agree with you that it's all just part of the process.  And after it's over, maybe the sounds we will hear will be more footsteps walking through our beautiful new Village. And that will be music to the ears of all the merchants!

Comment by Suzanne Shea Reed on February 19, 2015 at 11:55am

LOVE your positive outlook,  Chris!  I agree it's going to take continued patience and understanding and then some. In the end, we'll have a much cleaner, more updated Village.  I do hope that each businesss has survived/will survive the  re-do. though, If  it cuts into proceeds too much for their  businesss. that would be a shame to lose that business.   I think (??) so far most storefronts are hanging in there,  yes? I hope so.  I'm excited to see our Village getting  this clean up and I  want it to be a positive thing in the long run, for each one of the merchants. .   I live in a condo that faces Acacia,  almost on the corner of La Mesa Blvd.  I can't begin to tell you of the noise level, from  8am to 5pm (or later) that we residents have had to live with for 10 mos.  Jackhammers and tons of trucks here and there and the noise of rerouted traffic.  This has been right outside our door, I now see and hear the work, too that has been started in front Gypsy Treasure and San Filippos.  (one of my  windows faces La Mesa Blvd), So i get to have this twice. HA!    But I just keep telling myself how much nicer the Village will look after all this is over. it's already looking great in spots (REALLY need the new trees put in soon though! OH I miss the trees)  .  A  few of us here at my condo complex had double whammy as well. .  At the same time that Acacia was being revamped by the City,  the building right next door was also being remodeled!   I'd  have one or two  work trucks blocking my car.  (when it rains it pours!)    I'd just go into the bldg though,  and yell out, "HEY!  SUZIE HERE!  NEED THE TRUCK MOVED! ". then go sit in my car.  One of them would come right out and move the truck .  We'd  smile and wave,  We made it work.  I knew the building remodel would be over ..at some point, and in 5 mos  it was. So all  this  Village street work noise,  and traffic re-rounting will pass.  You too are seeing it through  "this will pass" eyes, Chris. Thank you! 

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