The Symbols Are Slinking Away: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the sale of the Santa Cruz Sentinel building in downtown Santa Cruz, one of that city's most historic buildings. Now we see that the real estate housing the un-bought out and the un-laid off is going to be auctioned off around the country. (In Philadelphia, staff reduction means that only 40% of the building is now inhabited by newspaper staff.)
(Addendum: Jay Devine, representing the Philly newspapers, has added a clarification on the real estate history there, in a comment at end of this post.)
Here in this Wall Street Journal story, we see moving and potential moving signs in Philly, Chicago, L.A., Boston and Minneapolis as well, though the a deal involving the Strib looks like it just fell through.
You can't fault new Philly owner Brian Tierney's reasoning:
"We're in the news business," he says. "You have to make choices in life."....Mr. Tierney holds out hope that the paper may be able to stay on the same property, convincing a buyer to develop an office building on adjoining land which it would then lease back. "We want to make sure our building is iconic, because we're doing the people's work," he says. "But we want people to look at it and say, 'There's the future.'"
But you can't make light of architecture dean Michael Lykoudis' assessment either:
"These are buildings that were designed to be visible and vibrant. Their style reflects their mission: to inform the citizenry about the issues of the day."
No one wants it this way. But it's a war out there, and this is part of the collateral damage.