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Island Man Wants Long Center Gone

July 8, 2013

Every day when Wheeling Island resident William Seabright walks out his front door, he’s faced with what he terms a giant, pink eyesore — the Gene Long building....

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Jul-11-13 7:04 AM

I grew up on the island. It is a shadow of its former self and depresses me any time I go there. On my last drive over there, just two doors up from my old N Wabash St home, three guys were sitting on the porch smoking dope at 1 in the afternoon. There was a drug murder on my old block. It is truly sad how the island has changed for the worse.

Several buildings on the island defy gravity by not collapsing onto the sidewalk. The island never would have gotten this bad had the city done its job of enforcing building codes. Maybe the city will buy the entire island one day, or more likely is that they will just take it through imminent domain.

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Jul-09-13 11:22 AM

One of many buildings, just at or near the stage of being condemned. No one is going to return Wheeling Island into what it once was,at the beginnings of the 20Th Century; areas of the island that were almost rural before WWII, before I-70 was sliced through those residential and small business neighborhoods. The city doesn't have the population to fill those island neighborhoods, what housing that is left would never be accepted by valley residents as worth a second look for a potential home. I remember what summer nights were like, in the fifties, when we would visit my Aunt and Great Uncle Jim--hot, humid, sticky--those narrow lots, those claustrophobic houses, built so close together but yet, there was a sense of being in a neighborhood that had life and activity, unlike today were what life that exists comes out after dark.

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Jul-09-13 8:49 AM

Maybe the Catholic church would want to build something on the island. Then you would see the city take action and spend taxpayer money!

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Jul-09-13 12:51 AM

This man's shades match the building is that a reflection

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Jul-08-13 11:35 PM


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Jul-08-13 11:04 PM

Maybe he should take off those rose colored glasses and things won't be so bad.

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Jul-08-13 10:53 PM

This guy has been complaining for the past twenty years about the Island. Why doesn't he just MOVE!

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Jul-08-13 9:41 PM

Maybe they should make a police station and a jail out of it.

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Jul-08-13 3:58 PM

Bull doze the entire island!!! Make it a big parking lot or an airport. I bet he would love to see his house get the wrecking ball. :-)

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Jul-08-13 9:53 AM

Has this man no empathy for such a historical rendering of the proverbial 'pink elephant'? This building, in all of its gaudiness, tells the story of Wheeling's history.

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Jul-08-13 9:29 AM

Barak: "We could use this building for Homeland Security headquarters."

If you want to demolish it, just hire Police Chief Longwell.

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