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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Axed in April

So what have we lost of the built environment just this past month? Over the next couple days, I'll show you.

First up is 4220 N. 20th Street. Michael Allen has already covered the loss of this striking set of commercial buildings in Hyde Park, so I need not post it here.

But I did notice that the wreckers took down a smaller residential building (a Second Empire) at 1916 Farragut Street to complete their new parking lot as well. See below. There are now no buildings on the south side of Farragut at all. All of this demolition took place in a very fragile historic district:

From Axed in April

This was a shameful and unnecessary loss. There is no justification for a parking lot for the Treasurer's Office in Hyde Park at the expense of historic buildings. As one can see from the aerials, on-street parking is plentiful.

It's these incremental losses to the built environment that get too little air time. Places like Hyde Park will continue to slip away one building at a time without any intervention.


Rick Bonasch said...

A basic challenge is the lack of market value to support the very high development costs.

There is no way that "aldermanic funds" can stem this tide of disinvestment.

There needs to be a much broader and deeper financial commitment from many fronts if the trends is going to change.

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