D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray dons a hard hat (below), then gets behind the controls of a backhoe (above, left) to knock down the first wall in the partial demolition of the Skyline Shopping Center with the help of Elwood Dudley with Goel Services, a demolition company. Council members Marion Barry and Yvette M. Alexander also took turns on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray dons a hard hat (below), then gets behind the controls of a backhoe (above, left) to knock down the first wall in the partial demolition of the Skyline Shopping Center with the help of Elwood Dudley with Goel Services, a demolition company. Council members Marion Barry and Yvette M. Alexander also took turns on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)