NEWPORT BEACH — Built in 1938, demolished in fall 2010. Here for 72 years, gone in two days.
With the help of a wrecking company, the city of Newport Beach has taken a back hoe to the Balboa Village Market in the 600 block of East Balboa Boulevard, between Palm and Main streets.
The edifice wasn't quite a historical landmark. It wasn't on any sort of register.
But with its old red and blue sign, along with its picturesque mural of a tubular wave, painted in 1995, it struck a nostalgic chord among some folks here.
"I guess it's true — you can't fight City Hall," said Elaine McGrew, a bartender from the Class of '47, a watering hole across the street that offered a view of the mural.
"I'm mad," she added, jokingly. "There goes our view. We used to charge for that view."
The city now plans to build a 32-spot parking lot in the market's place, and possibly a two-story parking garage, according to Newport Beach Councilman Mike Henn, who represents the Balboa Village area.