Advocates for old, busted and iconic buildings in Kansas City mostly argue in vain for historic preservation.
From the Country Club Plaza to downtown, most developers realize that it's cheaper to build glass and steel garbage than to rehab old structures.
Still, the warnings about removing the past should resonate with locals who don't want this cowtown to end up looking like every other suburb in the world.
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In December, Kansas City lost one of the buildings on the National Register of Historic Places with the demolition of the old Board of Education building on McGee. Local architect Edward W. Tanner designed the building, which opened in 1960, in a mid-century modern style that was inspired by the iconic Mies van der Rohe.