For the past 21 years, I’ve stared at this building, patiently waiting for it to open its doors. Waiting for it to become something, and wondering why it was all boarded up while everything around it seemed to grow and grow like an infinite game of jenga that no one dared take the pieces out of.
Sure, you can turn it into an awesome condo that will ultimately be only 20% occupied, milking its history to entice the few people who can afford to pay too much to live in something that’s already rich. But who cares about those kind of riches? We live in a city where it’s apparently difficult to landmark a landmark… the damage is not irreparable, but it seems as if our drive to want more is.
Look around you, everything you want is already there.
Here’s Chris Kellberg’s facebook group dedicated to saving the RKO theatre.