For some reason, I love this paragraph

Vote keeps half of building in district | TuscaloosaNews.com | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL

Gene Carpenter, owner of College Park Shopping Center, wanted his property removed from the College Park Historic District. Part of the building is in the historic district and part of the building is in the historic district buffer zone.

I think it’s the “buffer zone” part. This is good, too:

Historic district advocates said they didn’t want to set a precedent of allowing property to be withdrawn from historic districts. They feared a “domino effect” in historic districts throughout the city.

This is basically the same thinking that got us involved in Vietnam, of course. In case you’re wondering, the building was constructed in 1986, and has little or no historic value, unlike the parking lot, where any number of future professional athletes have thrown up.

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