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December 31, 2008

Preserve KC’s historic buildings

I’m a photographer, and I’ve been in the vacant Imperial brewery near Cambridge Circle dozens of times over the past seven years, so Mike Hendricks’ column (12/24, Local, “Plans drafted for old brewery”) jumped out at me immediately. I just wanted to pose the other side of this argument.

Kansas City is great because it has old buildings. Union Station, the New York Life Building, Mainstreet Theater, Fidelity National Bank Building, the TWA Building and the Freight House Building, among others, were vacant for years, even decades, before they were rehabilitated. I would encourage those who rush to condemn these places as a “five-story heap of bricks” to curb the harsh language.

This city has the character it does because we chose to save the buildings that have shaped our history. We need to err on the side of preservation instead of demolition, eyesore or not.

Ted Caster
Kansas City

Comments

Brian Brookbank

The preservation of the old Imperial Brewing building would be a beautiful addition to the commute up 35 into KC. It is also important to remember, as the USGBC says, that "40% of the total solid waste stream in the US comes from construction and demolition." Further, by re-using the building there would be a redicution in the, again quoting the USGBC, "environmental impacts assoctiated with raw material extraction, manufacture, and transportation."

Brian Brookbank

Brian Brookbank

The preservation of the old Imperial Brewing building would be a beautiful addition to the commute up 35 into KC. It is also important to remember, as the USGBC says, that "40% of the total solid waste stream in the US comes from construction and demolition." Further, by re-using the building there would be a redicution in the, again quoting the USGBC, "environmental impacts assoctiated with raw material extraction, manufacture, and transportation."

Brian Brookbank

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

KC has some real charm and historic value. Many of the old buildings DT being renovated is refreshing. The old cold storage building that was renovated into section 8 luxury lofts was a nice renovation.

 
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