I never wrote much about it, probably because it was hard to parse my feelings. Here's one blog entry I wrote on the subject (some of the links within are now dead). Life went on in Lexington. The Dame re-opened, then closed less than a year later. Buster's just re-opened in September. Longue vie à Buster's.
This past Friday evening, a local photographer presented an exhibit of photos and paraphernalia from the block that used to be the heart of Lexington. Richie Wireman was given access to the site by the demolition company, and he found an incredible number of artifacts, easily disproving the mayor's claim that "nothing of consequence ever happened on that block." Here are a couple of articles about Wireman's show, and they will give you the information that you might need. First, from Ace Weekly. Click on "11.18.09 - Visual Block" — it's a PDF, but it's worth the read. And our friend Schankula wrote it. Next, a piece from the Lexington Herald-Leader. If you're local, pick up the latest issue of North of Center (their only online presence is a Facebook fan page); there's a good article in there, too.
The highlight of the exhibition was a 10- or 15-minute slideshow comprised of comprising [thanks, bhd] hundreds of photos Richie Wireman took on the block throughout the years. It was set to live music, and it was a very moving piece of work. By the end, I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I said to Allan, "The weird thing is, I've only lived here for three and a half years!"
This is a very condensed version of the slideshow. Perhaps it will give those of you not in Lexington a sense of the loss the city suffered when those buildings came down.