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Missing Piece Was Taken Down

Tumbling debris fears return after workers remove it

August 14, 2013

WHEELING — A piece soffit on the former Second Presbyterian Church in Center Wheeling is missing because it was purposely removed, city Building Codes Official Frank Wilson said....

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Aug-14-13 9:35 PM

sounder, very true. Note the PRICES on old houses in desirable areas of downtown Columbus.

Take Wheeling and add a zero to the end of the price. But the big "C" has JOBS that pay more than McJob min wage service jobs so there are Yuppies with high incomes who can afford it.

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Aug-14-13 11:22 AM

Oh there are many young people who would live downtown if there were jobs and careers that allowed them to do so. But small towns like Wheeling and so many others around the country, just don't have the means to attract the kind of industry that requires more brain power than muscle power. Even Columbus, Ohio the largest city in the immediate region found that out when the city did have the jobs that were in demand for the under 30 crowd but their city leaders leveled much of the older downtown, leaving not much else. Now the scramble is on to build a different version of downtown just not like the one when everyone seemed to go Christmas shopping at F.& R. Lazarus on High Street...ditto for Stones in downtown Wheeling.

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Aug-14-13 9:27 AM

Thats a great building, I hope they complete this project with no trouble. The intersection has incredible buildings all around it. I just wish more people still lived in Wheeling. They say there are young people now who want to live in the center of town but we keep knocking it down. When I was a kid I lived in the country and stayed once with a school friend in town. His family had a third floor apt (with 4 bedrooms guess we would call it a condo now). Saturday morning we got up and went to a lot of places and then to a movie, the next night we caught a Central bb game. Did all of that walking. Pizza, stores, games, movies it was like being on vacation. Still some people living in the center of town but nothing much left there to do. Business takes me to other cities the size of Wheeling and they still have downtowns. The demise of the downtown (which started in the 70's) is a great story, complete with a nice cast of villains.

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Aug-14-13 8:19 AM

This sounds like another con job like the Clay school shuffle. A government grant plus volunteers equals a con.

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Aug-14-13 7:48 AM

Guess this didn't make it into the Wheeling promotional video?

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