Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Lynn Becker Sounds the Alarm - Landmark Protection for Chicago's Historic Architecture about to be Gutted

Read more of Lynn's ominous account of the intent to strip Chicago's historic architecture of its last vestiges of protection here. The meeting is tomorrow, January 4 at 12:45 p.m. in the Cook County Board Room at 118 N. Clark.

One more note: It's a damn fine piece of writing, too. As passionate as it is tailored. Here's a good sample:

Why is this wrong? (demolishing landmarked buildings under the guise of saving their facades in pieces) The fact I even have to pose the question gives me the shakes. Reassembled fragments are not buildings; they're what you find lining the stairs of the Art Institute, pinned to the walls like butterflys to a board. Buildings are lived in. They are not a "perfected" Empire State Building, reassembled as a come-on to a Vegas casino.

Man, I'm with him. Do you think it will be okay if I just say that at tomorrow's meeting?

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