TWU and Dillow House

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I'll be sure to stay out of Texas Wesleyan's way, considering its regard for Fort Worth's historic structures. (See: "Old and in the way," Jan. 11)

I am also appalled at the lack of regard the Zoning Commission had for the rulings by the Historic & Cultural Landmarks Commission -- and that Texas Wesleyan didn't show for its appeal with the appeals board. Could it be that TWU feared that board confirming the HCLC ruling?

Let's call this what it is: demolition by neglect, a practice used by slumlords when they have "used up" a property to the point where they have to spend money.

The damage from the fires in the Dillow house was minimal. The choice to do nothing to repair or renovate was made by Texas Wesleyan's board of trustees.

Those of us in historic districts have renovated houses in much much worse shape than the Dillow house. It's not the first time greed got in the way of doing what's right nor will it be the last. But it's sad to see an institution that claims to be a good steward behave in a blatantly arrogant and selfish way.

-- Susan Harper, Fort Worth

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