Preservation or Hoarding? (6/3/10) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Preservation or Hoarding? (6/3/10)

Given all the recent uproar over developer Todd Blue's proposal to demolish the old buildings in the 100 block of West Main, one might think this was a new idea of his. 

But in his announcement of the Iron Quarter project in 2007, Blue clearly stated his intention to save only the facades while razing the structures themselves -- which were, even then, described as "rotting." The Mayor and other government leaders – as well as other area businesses -- were enthusiastically supportive then. So why is Blue now being criticized for wanting to finally follow through on his plan? 

Recently in the Courier-Journal, Blue made his case that these dilapidated buildings pose a serious safety hazard. He pointed out the tendency in certain corners of this community to prevent anything that would move it forward. He observed that obstructionists who demand preservation of everything regardless of its worth threaten to undermine our economic welfare. 

And he was absolutely right on every count.

Simply saving every old building without regard for what's worth saving is the architectural equivalent of hoarding -- and just as pathological. Preserving the facades along Main Street while replacing structures that are of absolutely no value to anyone is the most responsible preservation policy any developer could adopt in this case, and Todd Blue should be allowed to see his vision through to completion.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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