2006 saw quite a bit of old building demolition around the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Some of it was enthusiastically welcomed: a pair of aging motels which had fallen into disrepair and became magnets for criminal activity (no, not the Imperial pictured below, that was in Sioux City) have since been reduced to rubble. But there was another Iowa motel that once stood proudly and was truly a great place to stay...more to come on these later...but for now, please scroll down for an important message about a long-standing modernistic building in Overland Park, Kansas, in danger of demolition in favor of yet another boring beige box.!
According to this article, the Osco Drug store that currently occupies the former Katz Drug Store building pictured above will become a CVS Pharmacy. That alone isn't so bad, but this is: There is at least one individual or two who would sooner tear down this beautiful example of modern architectural history in favor of yet another boring, bland, beige box to conform with CVS standards, or words to that effect. And to this, I say:
Is there REALLY an unwritten law that states all CVS stores HAVE to look alike? What's wrong with a little renegade individualism in store design now and then? It just might increase store traffic and sales! Besides, look at the K Mart further up on Metcalf. How striking is that? K Mart had brains enough not to change the exterior design when they took over the French Market that used to be there. To the man who wants to tear down the old ex-Katz/Skaggs/Osco, I doubt very much, sir, that there is any massive amount of impracticality in leaving the outside--if not the inside--be, and merely rebranding the place with the appropriate size lettering where it now says "Osco Drug" (or used to).
Please sirs, have a heart and DON'T tear down this great old monument to K.C. retailing past. Embrace it instead, I beg you. IMHO, it is BAD ENOUGH that Kansas City is now losing all but two or three of its enclosed malls.
And finally, to those who are reading this and care enough to make a difference and act to save this beautiful building, I urge you to do what you can to make sure it keeps standing long and proud, before, during and after CVS moves in. Please???
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