Funny thing about skyscrapers, you tend to forget that they don't just go up.
So I was reminded today when walking past the site of the old Lafayette Building, where work crews are still clearing away the concrete, metal and dirt. A look over the mesh fence that surrounds the site shows a huge hole; obviously the Lafayette had at least one or two underground floors too.
No updates yet on what the plans are for the site, and I'm still hoping that last year's street whisperings were true and they're going to make a little a park there. I think it'd be a great addition for the Westin (shown on the right side of the photo) to have some greenspace across the street.
As long as the city doesn't slap down a layer of asphalt and call it a surface parking lot.