Estela Hernandez in the city's Public Information Office broke our hearts with the following e-mail that just landed in the Unfair Park in-box. Read it for yourself.
Re: Reunion Arena Demolition
Scheduled implosion of upper concrete seating decks demolition-Canceled
STATEMENT: Upon further review of the arena structure, A&R Demolition has found an insulation membrane (non-asbestos) covering the concrete masonry ring wall along the upper level. A&E has determined that the blasting operations could create a potential environmental hazard resulting in contamination of on site fill material. Therefore the upper decks will be removed by mechanical means with equipment and not imploded. The City of Dallas also recognizes that due to this change the need for Dallas Police and Dallas Fire Rescue departments for the transportation and security of explosives will be eliminated.
Public Works and Transportation and A&R Demolition are committed to operate and make decision of good environmental stewards for the City of Dallas.
They are also committed to incomprehensible sentences and to killing joy.
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