Veteran demolition man Rodney Loftis says a $1 million project to tear down the former Sears building in the Charleston Town Center mall will be “a pretty big job, the kind that doesn’t come around in Charleston all that often.”

It’s next to the tracks on Railroad Avenue, which runs parallel to the rails from its West Side intersection with Maryland Avenue and Washington Street West to its short end about 100 yards away at Watts Street. Along the way is the rear of Denver’s Depot, a venerable West Side watering hole.

Electric-powered bicycles, or “e-bikes,” are starting to catch on in Charleston. It’s taken a while, but it can’t be blamed on our natural tendency to miss the cultural zeitgeist. Rather, two other familiar culprits loom — lack of funds and COVID-19.