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September 27, 2013

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It seems to me that the first question that needs to be asked about the future of our so-called civic center is this: Do we tear City Hall down or keep it.

There is a strong case to be made for tearing it down. It is the ugliest major building in the city. It will not survive "the big one." It is now too small to house the city offices and the police department (though maybe not as small as some might think. Why spend 65 million (the figure you hear for the City Hall renovation and new police building) and end up having to still look at that horrible concrete heap for decades to come. Boston is considering tearing down it's brutalist City Hall:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/09/23/boston-city-hall-should-torn-down/oVs2ywpJg1qHZkmmmZIYIL/story.html

Salem should consider it too.

Jim

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