Editor of the Reader,
We were disappointed to see your publication lend its front page to Ben Joravsky's one-person diatribe against local preservation efforts and, in particular, our statewide advocacy organization, which has been fighting these difficult battles since 1971. To have ignored the many preservation accomplishments of the past five years while focusing exclusively on the failures did a great disservice to the many dedicated people who have worked hard to save these irreplaceable buildings. Our belief continues to be that providing creative preservation solutions saves buildings, not simply railing at the ramparts.
Moreover, your article reminded us of a remark by U.S. Representative Earl Landgrebe during the dying days of the Nixon presidency, when he held court outside the White House to defend his party's doomed leader. "Don't confuse me with the facts," the Indiana congressman spouted, "my mind is made up."
Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois