Letter to editor: Metro Tower neglected by city

Metro Tower neglected by city

 

In his “State of the City” address, Mayor Pope has painted a bright “sunshine and lollipops” picture for the Hub City. Nowhere in his forecast for a bright future was the mention of the city’s “crazy uncle living in the basement” … a fact city leaders would just as soon no one knew about.

The Metro Tower is Lubbock’s most iconic landmark. Built in the mid-1950s, it was immediately accepted as the symbol of Lubbock’s promising future as the South Plains’ geographic leader in all things cultural and economic. The tower has, for over a half century, been featured on countless business letterheads and logos, on billboards, magazines, newspapers and television ads. It is the lone symbol of Lubbock’s strength and promise of a bright and unlimited future.

But did you know that, outside the ground floor of the Metro Tower, the building has been abandoned?

No, the Metro Tower does not belong to the city, but obviously the city’s leaders have a lot of influence on what happens to it. As is stands now, demolition of the icon is not out of the question.

While the city purchases properties and dedicates energies to the revitalization of Lubbock’s downtown, why has the Metro Tower fallen through the cracks?

DON VANLANDINGHAM/Lubbock

 

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