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My Kind of Martyr

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Dear editors:

Thank you for the article concerning our individual freedom of speech, especially when one is employed at a local publisher [Hot Type, October 1].

Anna Weaver should be applauded, not reprimanded, for her great innovative work on helping to save Chicago's historical architecture that is being lost and plundered at a staggering rate. She is setting a new standard for the preservation movement in Chicago. Ms. Weaver has helped the Tree Studios and Medinah Temple fight to exist, selflessly, as all her hard work is on a volunteer basis. The Tree Studios have been up for landmark decision since 1980.

It is ironic to note that in the September 20 issue of Crain's (the same issue in which Weaver's name was removed from the masthead), Crain's noted in its For the Record section (complete with photo) that the Tree and Medinah block had been added to the World Monument Fund's endangered list. This "paragraph" is positive, projecting that this block might not only make it but not be made into condos/tower and stores. So why is Crain's able to not be neutral? It's like they're able to print the message but "kill off the messenger."

This new status for the famous Tree Studios/Medinah block is due to Ms. Weaver. Now the United States and the World are watching over us. She is a heroine in a time when it is becoming impossible for a city to stand up against developers, politicians, and a high-paid lawyer who are blatantly "selling out" and "cashing in" on our architectural treasures one by one until they are all gone or their facades are pathetically left to hang on a brand-new nondescript tower. Chicago's architecture is history!

Barton Faist

Tree Studios

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