A friend mentioned yestercuse.com a while back, but I didn’t have get a chance to check it out. A second mention of challenge by a local newpaper writer got me to make it over to the site. Turns out the person or persons behind the site are doing a good job staying anonymous.
The tag line for the site, “the rise and fall of a city center” sums things up pretty well. It chronicles better times for for the city through detailed narratives (including numerous links to more details) and lots of pictures. I enjoyed learning a lot of stuff.
I especially liked the sections detailing the history and current state of the State Tour Building. Its sad that economics of the area has taken such a toll historically significant buildings. In a similar but not so desperate state is the Loew’s Landmark Office Building, where I while away 40 or more hours every week. While its generally well maintained, subtle (but significant) architectural elements are being to erode.
Hopefully, its possible to strike a balance between the restoration and maintenance of historically significant buildings and still keep them attractive and affordable to new businesses. I understand that some buildings are already lost, but many still can be saved.