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Ed Wilt, Fargo, Published July 05 2013

Letter: An old building still good building

Why do we need a new Fargo City Hall? I have heard them complain about how the building was built in the ’60s and had a life cycle of 25 years. I don’t understand why public schools and city buildings have such short life cycles when homes around the area are around 100 years old? Our school board has torn down schools to build new ones for grades K-8, yet North Dakota State University can educate students in buildings built in the early 1900s.

Now, the city wants a new building. Everybody wants new, but if we were to tear down every home built before 1960 in Fargo, you would have almost nothing from Main Avenue to 13th Avenue South to 12th Avenue North. Now the school board wants to shutter other schools around the downtown area. I think those buildings could easily house city employees and departments. These departments don’t all need to be in the same building.

We have the Internet and email now; remember, it’s not 1960. It’s strange how the city wants people to restore historic areas but it can’t tear down its own old buildings fast enough to build new ones.