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Developers want to demolish the motel and make it a "multi-use" residential ares (read: build condos). The rationale used aside from the obvious get rich fast sceme for the developer is the local crime.
Buidings in themselves do not generate crime. It's the criminals that are the problem. Tearing down places listed on the National List of Historic Places isn't a solution to crime. The crime will just shift to the next historic property and before we know it they'll all be gone if this thinking is allowed to continue.
Despite pressure from the Natianal Park Service, and several groups interested in historic preservation along Route 66, the city of Albuquerque's environmental planning commision gave a go to the demolision fo a site on both the state and national lists of historic places.
Fortunately a group is stepping up to appeal the decision.
It is all the more a pity as Albuquerque is hoting this year's Route 66 festival. If you do happen to pass by, take a picture of it! It might be your last chance to do so.
It seems as if we are caught between a rock and a hard place; in order to restore, sometimes you have to destroy. Don't like it, but it's a fact.
The people are doing crime such as dealing drugs and prostitution, not the buildings. Demolishing the buildings will not get rid of those criminals, they'll just move next door.
Removing the buildings will accomplish nothing but loosing the history it represents and displacing the criminals to the next historic building to get the cycle of demolishion started there.
So yes, a pity for the people there, but the wrong -shortsighted- solution.
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