EL PASO — Many of the neighbors along Missouri Avenue, directly across the street from El Paso City Hall, plan to stay at home the morning of April 14 when explosives detonate the 10-story building and bring it down.
"We're right here. I actually live in this building," says James Farris, pointing to the two story house where he rents. "We're all going to be probably grilling, watching, or just chilling and watching the whole thing come down. It's not that I want it to come down but it's development, its progression and I'm into that."
Manny Amidor adds, "I've never seen a demolition go on so I just want to watch one. I don't know, I just expect a cloud and a big rumble and thats about it."
But Joe Pacheco has no interest in the demolition. "I'll probably be working so I won't be here." Would he like to be here? "Not really"
A good percentage of neighbors plan to stay home to watch El Paso City Hall in its final, violent moment. They hope they won't blink, or they'll miss it all.