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Walnut Street buildings demolished

St. John's Cathedral validated its demolition permit Saturday by tearing down the early 1920s brick buildings at 710 and 712 Walnut Street. The two buildings, representing about 5,000 square feet of floor space and some intriguing history, were so potentially appealing to the burgeoning downtown residential market that preservationist developers had offered to renovate them on St. John's behalf.

Lots of us were convinced that the longer the buildings remained, the more likely the church was to see their potential value, to the community and to the church itself. With the buildings gone, the church's leadership is at least safe from being proven wrong.

There's one thing you always notice about demolitions that surprises you, no matter how many times you've seen it.  When the buildings are gone, the space beneath them always seems very small.

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