Jack Speaks 

Jack died for our sins. The 1917 apartment building has gone to architecture heaven, delivered by the Rochford family and developer Russell Morris III into the corporate hands of Walgreen’s.

But the death of The Jacksonian may have some redemptive value. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is using Jack’s fate as part of a national campaign to alert communities to the threat posed by drugstores.

On Monday, the Trust ran a live remote feed from the rubble of The Jacksonian at 3010 West End Ave. to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Trust president Richard Moe interviewed Metro Historic Zoning administrator Bill Kelly with the chain-linked site as a backdrop. At the top of the Trust’s list of the 11 most endangered historic places is the nationwide threat to what the Trust refers to as “The Corner of Main and Main” by the drugstore chains. All over the country, churches and schools, houses and apartments, are falling to the rapid march by drive-through drugstores.

The Jacksonian will never be resurrected. But it appears that its death may help others to live.

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