Ballard Denny’s Gone!

Putting aside whether or not is was a piece of architecture worth saving for any reason, noble or otherwise, the fact is that a designated city landmark was demolished.  What is the point of the designation if there is no viable mechanism for the protection of such properties?  What is the point when those who are charged with such a responsibility let it happen because “There was no viable way to save it?”  What happens when a well funded, well lawyered-up developer or even a government agency decides to tear something down that people in this city actually want to save?  Without revealing details that might cost me my job, it has nearly happened in the past, right under the nose of both the press and the public.  What then?