When the United Way announced it was going to build a new office structure and tear down it's current one, I knew it was only a matter of time before our local newspaper weighed in on the issue. I even warned of this in my original post, 'Building preservation vs. cost of maintenance.'
Their editorial yesterday called it a 'Waste of a good building.' But it's not just the destruction they lament, creating a modern, affordable building is somehow counter to downtown revitalization. Yes, you see, if the United Way gets rid of an inefficient and costly structure and builds a new one instead, that's going to hurt downtown development. (I know - I don't get it either.)
They suggest that the University of Toledo Law School would be a good match for the existing structure - and The Blade has long been a proponent of moving the Law School downtown. However, that idea has previously been met with significant objection by UT officials, law school faculty and students. UT President Dr. Jacobs, according to the editorial, is amenable to 'looking' at the building - which means he gave a non-commital but unobjectionable response when asked. But even if he'd 'look' at the option, that's a far cry from making a commitment to this particular building, not to mention that a decision to move the Law School off-campus has not even been made.
Our local editorial board has a long history of telling people what to do with buildings in the downtown area. I suppose that's part of being an editorial board - sharing your opinions about issues. However, it's very easy to tell other people to incur costs and make decisions which are not in their best financial interests.
As I said originally, "...anyone who wants to preserve the current United Way building is welcome to purchase it, maintain it, renovate it, preserve it, or do whatever they want with it. But I do not believe they should tell the United Way that simply because they like the building, the U.W. needs to incur unsustainable costs in order to keep the existing structure."
If The Blade thinks this building needs to be preserved, let them purchase it for a price that makes it worthwhile to the United Way. They can then do whatever they want with it.
But don't hold your breath waiting for that decision - like many liberals, they're much better at telling you what should be done with your own money than they are at risking their own.