1400 Block of Irving Street, NW by rockcreek
Far, far away in the small seaside town of Bournemouth, England, residents were asked which building they would like knocked down. The winner, or loser in this case, was the waterfront leisure complex. When it opened in 1998, the citizens of Bournemouth (who were found to be the happiest people in Britain) threw a polite fit, claiming that the complex blocked their beloved view of the water.
Councilor Ron Whittaker said, “It has been the biggest talking point in the town for years, and not just among residents but also visitors. It is a hideous and ugly building and whatever happens now it must be demolished so that the glorious views are restored.”
The borough council will spend around £7.5m to raze the complex, giving the residents their view back in what can only be described as a very expensive mistake. Which brings me to my question. If you could demolish any building in DC, which one would you choose?