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    Moving - Extreme Edition

    Went into the city today because I heard that a house was going to be moved a few blocks, which sounded like a fun spectacle. Got there in time to see it come around the corner onto the block where it's going to be located from now on. Apparently it was previously on a 75 foot wide lot that will now get a new 45 unit apartment building, and this house is going to be merged with a building already on the lot where it's going and turned into 7 units of low income housing.

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    Wow... I've seen smaller versions of that, but that picture is incredible!! How do that do that without risking the whole infrastructure?? But I'm glad they moved it rather than demolishing it.
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    That is wonderful seeing that nice old San Francisco Victorian carefully moved along to a new home. That’s a classic SF house.I hope it land safely and securely without too much plaster cracking and etc.

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    That's a pretty big move, but how about a 900 ton brick building? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULr1ihWZfEM

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    The article I read the other day said they had to move all the wires hanging on the streets. This street has electric buses so even those wires had to be moved. Plus street lights and traffic lights. They also had tree trimmers moving just in front of it to get bigger branches out of the way. It was quite impressive. I got there about 10:30 and stayed an hour or so and they had started six blocks away at 7:00. Maybe next time Iím in the city Iíll go take another look.

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    Very cool!!!!

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    That is fascinating! All that is involved. I saw one get moved when I was little in the Pgh. suburbs, but it was only a cape cod, but brick.

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    When they put a freeway through a rural area near Atlanta GA there were a couple dozen houses that had been moved out of the way sitting up on blocks in a field with For Sale signs on them, just waiting for someone to make an offer and pay the house moving company to move them to a new location. I saw the same thing in Corvalis Oregon. But those were both 40 years ago. I don't think they move as many houses now as they used to, except small ones in rural areas. And a lot of houses in recent decades have a slab foundation which makes it impractical to move them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeParker View Post
    When they put a freeway through a rural area near Atlanta GA there were a couple dozen houses that had been moved out of the way sitting up on blocks in a field with For Sale signs on them, just waiting for someone to make an offer and pay the house moving company to move them to a new location. I saw the same thing in Corvalis Oregon. But those were both 40 years ago. I don't think they move as many houses now as they used to, except small ones in rural areas. And a lot of houses in recent decades have a slab foundation which makes it impractical to move them.
    Did you live in Corvallis? I interviewed in Corvallis 32 years ago for a job but I ended up in St. Louis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Did you live in Corvallis?
    No, I was just there for a few days playing tourist. Beautiful forests there and in Washington state. Pretty beaches too with big cliffs caused by high waves. I thought it was amusing that there was moss a inch thick growing in the expansion joints of the Corvallis sidewalks in January.

    I've been through St Louis twice via Greyhound. Westbound it was just a 30-minute meal stop. Eastbound it was an (hour?) layover so I had time to walk along the river where the floating restaurants are. That Greyhound station no longer exists afaik. Google says a big new one was opened in 2008.

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