Especially when there is no plan for replacement with a new building, trashing an old building just seems like a waste.
Other demolitions are more reasonable. When there are strong plans for replacement, and a building has had a long and useful life, even when we feel the loss of the old, the transitions take place in the normal course of a city's life. The change is purposeful and directed, not just a leveling and waste. This regeneration is creative also.
The Marion Car Park will be replaced by a new hotel. And now, the YMCA and Court Apartments will be replaced by a new Y complex. Maybe you will feel otherwise, but it seems right to recognize the loss, even to mourn a little, and then to move on to the new.
|The old YMCA, sometime in the 1920s when it was new|
(via The Mill - I've lost the citation and will update later)
|State Insurance Building Sold, Livesley plans Bank Tower|
(And Salem History Matters with a note on Pomeroy & Keene)
November 22th, 1924
|This is the building the YMCA sold in 1924. |
State Insurance Building, northwest corner, 1946
See more on the building here.
(Salem Library Historic Photos)
|Dedication plans for May 16th, May 14th, 1926|
|Hyping and initiating the new pool, July 16th, 1926|
|At the end: Maybe the same pool|
The tile pattern is the same anyway
|Court Apartments - Jan 1st, 1916|
|Hopefully they will reuse these - December 20th|
In the end, because there is a plan for renewal, it's just part of the urban life cycle. (Maybe a little like the Solstice today.)
|Back in February|