Dedication Bricks at the Pyramid Arena
1991 - 2012
1991, as the new Pyramid Arena was preparing to open, the Metropolitan
Interfaith Association (MIFA) sold dedication bricks to go in the
sidewalk in front of the Pyramid. The money raised was used for MIFA's
various charitable and service purposes, which include Meals on Wheels,
transportation for the elderly, and emergency money for rent,
utilities, food and clothing for the poor. Inscribed with a name chosen
by the donor, the bricks were a popular method of honoring or
memorializing someone special. At $50 each, MIFA sold 12,539 bricks
producing $621,420 of revenue. |
Now in 2012, as the Pyramid has been closed for some time and is not being prepared to become a new Outdoors, Inc. store, the bricks are no longer a fit for the location. The City has arranged to remove and store them while it is decided if they can be laid in a new location or returned to the donors who bought them. That decision has not been made as of May, 2012, but the bricks are being carefully removed from the sidewalk.
This author has to admit that while disappointed that the brick(s) he bought were no longer to remain at their original location, the thought did not initially occur that they constituted a landmark. Certainly for those who bought the bricks, they are. So we note their removal from in front of what was the Pyramid Arena.
Below are 2 of the many sections of dedication bricks in front of the Pyramid.
As can be seen below, workers are removing the bricks, stacking them up, and preparing to store them
until a decision is made what to do with them. Photographs taken