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Moran Plant Historical
Is the fact that a building is at least 50 years old reason enough to warrant saving it? Or does the use during its lifetime change how we feel about the value of such a structure. I for one remember the days when this coal burning power plant was running full blast around the clock. I also remember my family and our neighbors protesting it's existence in hopes it would be shut down. it's smoke stacks billowed countless tons of black gritty soot into the air, leading right into the homes of those that lived on Lakeview Terrace. Back then my mom hung the laundry our with caution, first checking to see which way the wind was blowing, one from the southwest would surely turn the white sheets to pepper colored filth in no time. Countless times she would drag the clothes back in to salvage a mornings work.
Beyond the filth was the reality that this plant pumped out tons of carcinogens as well. It was for that reason we made up picket signs to try and catch someone's attention. After countless days of walking with our handmade signs, we finally were heard. Historian Lillian Carlisle was one of ours neighbors, her words were much respected and she made sure they were known. The Moran Plant was finally moth balled. Lillian passed away many years ago, but I can almost here her saying, not all historical building need to be preserved. Change can be good, she I fact took a 100 year old home and turned it into a modern home. I say tear the eyesore down, let's allow some new history to take root where this soot plant once stood
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