Driving home early Tuesday evening, I passed University Square and decided to document the demolition progress, paying particular interest to the location that had housed Paisan’s for more than 30 years. I knew if I didn’t stop then, there might not be much to see in a day or so.
The entire odd-number side of the 700 block of University Avenue is surround by high fences with “sidewalk closed” signs. The fencing on the west side extends to the walkway near Vilas Hall, which used to be Murray Street way back when. Fortunately, the much-maligned bus lane (now only used by bicylces) on that side of University Avenue allows one to get fairly close to the action, making it easier to photograph.
Here are some images of what was left of the Paisan’s space at about 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, June 13, 2006:
Note: I posted an update on the new Paisan's location at 131 W. Wilson Street on July 19, 2006. Click HERE to go to that post.
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