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To the editors:

Boy, there sure won't be any passionate editorials to save the Borg Warner Building if the Chicago Symphony Orchestra goes ahead with its plan to knock it down [The Culture Club, April 17]. What a monstrosity! If I had to work in the ugliest building on Chicago's Michigan Avenue wall, I would wear dark glasses and enter through the loading dock. Here we have an opportunity to correct a ghastly architectural blunder, and in it I take hope. Not only have Chicago's citizenry organized in the last few decades to fight and save their historic and architectural treasures, but now we see that stifling 1950s glass boxes, just like the 1890s and 1920s gems they so boorishly replaced, can also get old and be demolished if the right mix of money and egotism are available. Bravo to the CSO. I will look forward to enjoying concerts in their new recital hall, just as I look forward to taking my kids to the children's museum at Navy Pier, riding the el to Midway Airport, and walking above ground from the Field Museum to Shedd Aquarium.

Mark Dawson



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