I bid adieu to a few friends today: Trader Joe's, Target, and UMB at the Brentwood Promenade. Their neighborhood is under construction. And after a year of the I-64/Highway 40 project, the only orange I like is in the produce aisle.
The eastern half of this massive highway project from I-170 to Kingshighway will close, starting this weekend. And the western half of I-64/Highway 40 reopens on Monday after being closed for a year. But the Brentwood area and all of its retail riches are ground zero for the shutdown...in either direction.
My heart is not in this farewell to familiarity; convenience is calling the shots. As I shopped for baby back ribs at Trader Joe's for Sunday dinner, I looked around the store already missing the bunches of fresh flowers, mounds of fresh fruits, and friendly clerks. Next week, I'll drive into the parking lot of Trader Joe's on Manchester...still a loyal customer, but a displaced one.
And all around the area, people are planning how they will negotiate life around the second phase of the I-64 project....which even MDOT says will be more challenging than the western phase. But this time last year, we were dreading the start of the project. We did well...on Monday when the western half is open again, the proof will be in the rearview mirror. I'm not one to dwell in the past, but sometimes...it is the best reminder of what you can do.