Photo: Ben Margot, Associated Press

Demolition crews are on the scene at Candlestick Park and have already begun. For a time, the developer considered imploding the stadium—which would have taken all of 20 seconds and might’ve made a Super Bowl halftime show to totally upstage Katy Perry’s golden lion—but critics’ concerns over a potential toxic plume floating over the Bayview helped kill that idea. The two-month effort got under way Monday, reports NBC, and though the city has been mentally preparing for this moment for quite some time, the sight of those excavator jaws on the scene is jarring. The stadium’s demolition will make way for a massive mixed-use housing and commercial project that includes a big outdoor mall.

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