No, That Newish Deep Ellum Sign Isn't Gone For Good. It's Just Down for Repairs.

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A couple of readers have asked: What's become of that newish neon sign at the corner of Main and Good-Latimer? That's it at right, the wayfinder that offended Pete so much he decided to quit and head back east. Because it's gone, only a few months after its installation. Ah, fret not: Barry Annino, president of the Deep Ellum Foundation, says this morning that it's off being repaired following a storm a few weeks ago that beat the hell of of it.

"It got hit by some hail and wind," he says. "It'll be back up, my guess is, 10 days, two weeks. It'll be back shining again." That's it? Nothing else? "Most people love it. You drive into the neighborhood, you know where you are now."

As opposed to ...?

"What the hell is this?" He laughs.

Annino then told me something I didn't know: That original sign, which is now in a parking lot at Main and Malcolm X? It was stolen about a year ago, then found ... for sale on Craigslist. "We got it, then had to go to court to get it back," Annino says. "They just decided they owned it. Pretty weird."

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Gabe
Gabe

This reminded me that I needed to nerd out and model the old sign for Google Earth. If anyone's interested, here's my model (you need download it into Google Earth to really appreciate it). Google will probably accept it for inclusion in the public 3d Earth, since the street view still shows that it's there. Once the streetview changes, I'll model the new sign too. 

http://sketchup.google.com/3dw...

 

Sidewalkstronomer
Sidewalkstronomer

Some may not like the sign but I do. It is good to see the area picking up in business again. 

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Another reader question: Why is the Praetorian building looking more and more like it's headed for demolition? In September's article you quoted someone saying nothing was certain, but there is already asbestos work being done and a hole punched on the side facing Elm. Could the building be coming down in the next few weeks or months, without any formal announcement of its replacement? 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Oh, it's coming down. Soon. I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, as part of the 1600 block of Elm buildings also on their way out (or already razed). Didn't need Landmark approval, since they're "non-contributing" to the historic district. I hear: either a parking garage to accommodate the Joule and its expansion or another, newer building -- the Headington folks haven't shared their formal, final plans.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Cool, thanks for the clarification. I just assumed that even though the building is not "historic" that more people would raise a fuss over it and that Headington would release plans for a "retail promenade" on Stone St. to enhance/connect with what is already planned for Main St. Alley.

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