Can somebody in Toledo go run a bulldozer into the remaining smokestack shown in the above video? There’s just something deeply unsatisfying about seeing two crumple into billowing brick dust, and having the third standing like somebody botched the job.
But this is how the Ohio city’s mayor, D. Michael Collins, wanted it. After denigrating the old power-plant smokestacks as something from “Stuttgart, Germany, 1947,” he was on the scene Wednesday to oversee their near-complete demolition. The unscathed, 298 foot-tall stack will soon have its top third lopped off, and then if the mayor gets his way will be decorated as a lighthouse, complete with spinning red-and-green lights, because that is better than a boring smokestack.