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Protesting waste in Breuer decision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/07 @ 4:29pm

A coalition of good government and fiscal responsibility advocates, environmentalists and historic preservationists will assemble at 5 pm on Thursday, May 3 outside the Ameritrust Tower, located at East 9th Street between Euclid and Prospect Avenues, to protest the Cuyahoga County Commissioners' plan to raze the building, according to this post on RealNeo.

Destruction of the Marcel Breuer-designed tower, and the resultant waste of its "embodied energy" effectively cancels-out any legitimate claim the project may make to environmental responsibility.

Preservation is the very definition of sustainability, and it makes more economic sense as well. What are the real costs of building on a new site? Renovating an existing building generally saves 20 to 25 percent of the cost of new construction as the building shell is retained. Read more.

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