02/18/10 242 W - + 1 - 9 Historic Landmarks Commission to Fire Station Owner: Name Your Price, Dude

The power of the press. The owner of Charlotte's Dilworth fire station has extended his deadline for the Historic Landmarks Commission to reach a solution, and keep the beloved building from becoming a pile of bricks, reports this morning's Charlotte Observer. He's citing public interest. No duh, given the likely outcry that accompanied Monday's article1. Not mention that FireNews cascaded the story statewide. Wonder how many calls or e-mails both sides received?

There were many pages of comments on the story's web site on Monday, though none are present this morning. Wonder what that's about?2 As this morning's story reports, the owner told the Observer that he feels he's being unfairly portrayed. "I did the right thing. I could have just torn it down if I wanted to," he said. "I don't want this torn down." Fair enough. Today's story also adds more history about the financing of the property. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Crossing our fingers for preservation. Read the latest.

1Observe that Mr. Blogger has abandoned his dryer style of reporting for more colorful prose for these stories. Let's hope he's also being accurate.
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