Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Demolition Man

When I grow up, I am going to be one of those people who chains themselves to old buildings to keep them from being demolished. Fenway Park, should ever such an atrocity occur, is on that list. As is the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, RI. I think this because many old buildings can be renovated into something else instead of knocked to the ground, and us old fogies who remember their previous use can point to them and say, "See that? It used to be..." My Mom always pointed out the "Bad Girls and Boys School," which I don't know the real name of, when we drove by the old, grey stone buildings. Now they're being made into condos.

I bring this up, because the historic Ocean House hotel in Westerly was demolished last year, and will now be rebuilt as, you guessed it, luxury condos and hotel rooms. Would it have been so hard to keep the building and add an addition? Put the underground garage off to the side? It was such a pretty place. But, nope, knocked it down.

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Sigh. Hopefully if they try to destroy anything I really love, I can get enough people together to stop them. At least I can walk into the foyer of a luxury building before the doorman escorts me out.

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