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Old Posted Aug 19, 2015, 5:19 PM
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Originally Posted by techchallenger View Post

Personally, I think the demolition of this handsome, antibellum structure was a disgrace.
Agreed. I don't think most would argue that these had to be preserved at all costs, IF the right project came along. However, tearing them down on spec was a short-sighted act of vandalism. They could've been cleaned up and rented to small business in the meantime (not unlike what Brandywine is doing at 21st and Market). Without the addition of the city lot, I don't see how this unattractive site is a "quick flip" when reduced to a small patch of asphalt. Even Rappaport knew enough to be a slum landlord with rental income when sitting on a property for an extended period. He only tore stuff down if it could no longer remain standing (maybe not even then).