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The Last Robert Taylor Homes Hi-Rise Demolition

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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2007

On the second day of demolition, bobcats with claws and tiny hammers have already torn out the top of the elevator tower and are chipping away at the roof of the last remaining of 28 Robert Taylor Homes high-rises.

Around back, backhoes and cranes are attacking the bottom.

Frankly, I think the city is missing an opportunity. They should have left this building standing and turned it into a Public Housing Museum, like the Tenement Museum in New York. Stonehenge for 1960's urban renewal. But the city fathers want it gone.

London has St. Mary-Le-Bow Church. Berlin has the Kaiser Wilhelm Cathedral. Rome has its Forum. Hiroshima has its Peace Memorial, in a domed building partially destroyed by the 1945 a-bomb blast. Having a 17-story ruin this monumental couldn't hurt Chicago's tourism industry one bit. Certainly less pie-in-the-sky and less expensive than an Olympics.

And the timing of this particular demolition, in the dead of winter (single-digit high temps, thank you) less than three weeks before our municipal elections (Feb. 27) is -- well, somewhat curious. Your thoughts?

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