Remember that hotel on Central Expressway, up around Meadow Road? The one with a big red "Dallas Demolition" banner hung across the top? Well, now it's gone.
Six floors stacked like pancakes in a heap of rubble are about all that remain of the once-proud Meadow Inn, the old Holiday Inn that's been sitting vacant since last December.
The hotel fell in spectacular fashion at 8 a.m. this morning (that's the loud boom you heard), unleashing a massive dust cloud that blew directly into spectators gathered on the opposite side of Cental. On the roof of a nearby parking garage, demolition enthusiasts arrived at 6 a.m. to score prime spots for their lawn chairs, coolers and other tailgating gear.
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After the jump, video of the demolition and links to more photos.
Once the lot is cleared, construction will begin on -- what else? -- a mixed-use luxury condominiums development, slated for completion in late 2009.