Though I have my doubts, I hope the hard-line preservationists are right that Stockton’s vacant downtown hotels can have a new life.
To inspire a little faith, here’s a recent article from the New York Times on Cleveland’s restoration of historic buildings.
Like Stockton, Cleveland peaked in the early 20th century, then went into slow decline. Many of its grand buildings ended up vacant.
“Today, however, at least 35 buildings in the center of the city alone from the first half of the 20th century are being rehabilitated,” the Times reports.
The story includes a slide show of repurposed buildings. Rather inspiring.
–Reader tip: Kathleen A. Mcgaw.