Destroying a chunk of Chicago’s architectural treasure just because
When Chicago lost its Olympics bid, preservationists let out a premature sigh. The city’s plans to destroy all of the twenty-nine buildings in the Michael Reese Hospital complex designed or influenced by Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus and one of the most influential architects in history, in order to clear the land for the Olympic Village, would certainly be put on hold. Since Plan B was to clear the land for private development, and given the absolute glut of new developments coming on line on the Near South Side, the last thing the city needed was another Block 37 mess on its hands. Why destroy history for the sake of an ugly vacant lot? Time might offer a chance to save much of the Gropius legacy, might allow Chicago to act like the world-class city we purport to be and now we had plenty of time. But instead, the Daley administration unleashed the wrecking ball anyway, like a bully on the beach who kicks down all the sand castles out of spite. Somebody needs to Charles Atlas that guy.
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