Sunday, May 15, 2011

THE PERPETUALLY "SHRINKING" HISTORIC DISTRICT

The images seen with this post are of two buildings [one is a side/rear view] that are very soon to disappear, or perhaps already have. Located at the western end of the Lorain Avenue Local Historic District, Cleveland, Ohio, they were recently condemned by the City, due to alleged primary structural collapses. Ironically, this building has 'partook of' the City's Storefront Renovation Program twice. In the seventeen years this ten-plus-block-long stretch of Lorain Avenue has been a Local Historic District, so many of its structures have been demolished -- in many cases merely to 'accommodate' some high-dollar project -- at least one disgusted local historian considers this status to be nothing less than a mockery. With the loss of yet two more historic buildings in this Historic District, what word can we use that means something that EXCEEDS 'mockery' status?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Scott said...

Those buildings along that entire block have such potential, although the freeway across the street hinders it a bit. But will look much better as a dollar store or Taco Bell that goes up in two months

2:12 PM  
Blogger CraigB said...

Scott --

Your "vision" seems "skewed". A dollar store or a Taco Bell will NOT look much better, especially next to buildings with historic design configurations. What WOULD look better would have been if a dollar store or Taco Bell would have purchased one/both of these buildings and renovated it/them. New is NOT always better than old. Haven't you paid ANY attention to what is being written on this blog??
-- Craig B.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Craig--
Sorry for the delayed response. I just popped back in to see if anybody else chimed in. I was sarcastic by saying it would look better as a dollar store or Taco Bell. I was merely suggesting that it would be replaced with a store such as one of those that in my opinion do not serve a neighborhood as such needs. I'm guessing that the buildings will be destroyed for a pop up building filled by such though. Businesses that cater to the immediate community need to occupy these locations, but finding investors to fund the renovation and support a business here is easier said than done.

2:46 PM  

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