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Wasting Away on Main

(02/24/06)

Preservation Kentucky recently placed the 100 block of West Main on its list of "most endangered places" in the state. I wasn't surprised. I originally addressed this topic last July.

But I still marvel at the staggering level of neglect that allowed this situation to get to such a point.

Certainly, for decades, many American downtown areas languished as the inner city was abandoned in favor of suburban development. And far too often, much irreplaceable vintage architecture simply succumbed to the wrecking ball.

Luckily for us, that didn't happen to this amazing collection of Victorian buildings. But even though they've mostly survived, any legitimate excuse for their continuing decrepit state has long since passed.

Because downtown is booming again, with non-stop development of office space, housing, parks, nightspots and fine dining options in all directions. And we're about to build a state-of-the-art arena literally across the street from this eyesore.

So the time has come for the owners of this property to finally do something with it, or sell it to someone who will.

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

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