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The INDY is preparing to move its Durham office from Roxboro and Pettigrew streets to the center of downtown, next to the American Underground across from the SunTrust building.

We'll miss many aspects of the Venable building: the sunsets blazing through the kitchen window; in the parking lot, the murder of crows weighing down the tree boughs—and the wrecks beneath the railroad tracks.

Over the years, we've sent many intraoffice emails that said, "Another truck is stuck under the overpass." At this point, several of us usually headed down the block to snap a photo of the semi-trailer that did not heed the 11'4" warning sign.

That's when many truck drivers' days have been ruined, usually between the hours of 9 and 10 a.m. and 7 and 8 p.m.

Another hotspot for wedged trucks—and there are several—is at Erwin Road and Main Street, just north of Sam's Quik Shop. No, booze is not to blame for the 21 accidents that have occurred there—20 percent of them between 11 a.m. and noon.

In the new office we won't have a view of the tracks, but we will be able to see the bustle of Main Street, the transformation of SunTrust building into a new boutique hotel and if the wind kicks up from the right direction, maybe the green wall of the former Woolworth's building tumble to the ground.

This article appeared in print with the headline "Max headroom."

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