The argument that the Madison-Lenox
had to come down immediately because it was a public
hazard is laughable at best. Clearly the building
was a hazard to anyone insane enough to climb through
a second floor window. However, the structure was
solid and was not in danger of collapse. There are
countless buildings in the city that are a hazard,
being more accessible or collapsing, some downtown.
Thousands of abandoned homes litter neighborhoods.
Was the Madison-Lenox more dangerous then the house
seen below? Of course, these buildings are not near
where people attending sporting events will be.
The most disturbing thing about the
Madison-Lenox's demolition is the dangerous precedent
it sets for other buildings. Laws and procedures are
meaningless if there is no repercussions for blatantly
violating them. Can't get your way? Just knock it
down anyway and you won't even get a slap on the wrist.
In the wake of this event it is hard to be hopeful
of the future.