Of course the police looked the other way. They were vastly out numbered. All they could do without involving the National Guard was try to keep it from getting too far out of control. They mostly failed on that account but it could have been much worse. Glad that's over and done with.
Before the preservationist crowd embarrasses themselves once again, make note of the fact that I.M. Pei disavowed the Gulf Oil building. His name is on the drawings but it was a basic reference design of absolutely no significance. Any other junior architect in the office could have ended up with their name on the blueprints. Pei's name ended up there mainly because it was his turn. Most books and documentaries don't even mention the Gulf Oil building. It was a nice solid building typical for its time but nothing remarkable. His main contribution was that he didn't try to make a name for himself by junking it up with ornaments and changes for the sake of change. Only the mentally disturbed are going to miss it. Pei certainly won't.
This is further proof that the building hoarders in Atlanta don't know what's worth saving and what's not so they whine about everything, losing all credibility in the process. Doubt the facts will disuede them one bit from trying to force yet another block of the city into being unused and decaying.
Jane Ire has an excellent point and one I think is part of the reason why we try so hard to pretend that every building over twenty years old is a precious gem even if it is nothing special. New development typically is so horrible that we react to the possibility of more with disgust. This is understandable but no reason to keep molding hulks hanging around that are even worse than what's to come. Not every old building is The Fox. Some are simply the generic office park of their day. Wishing otherwise doesn't change that.
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