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Cambridge Residents Torn Over Whether Buildings Should be Demolished

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A home that suffered a fire on High Street many years ago.  A school, closed since at least 2003.  A building, seemingly collapsing under its own weight.  All have been vacant for years.  Some say it's time to take them down.

"I think for the most part they are an eyesore to look at.  They aren't restructuring them, so I think they should take them down and rebuild," said David Brown of Cambridge.

Some of that rebuilding is going on.  The home with the fire is having some work done, and the four corners building is getting extensive remodeling inside.  Brown says those that aren't being worked on need to go.

"It just makes the city look dead.  So you go downtown after a certain time and it looks dead.  Because the buildings are old, and they don't want to restructure them, so why not just take them down," said Brown.

The county and city say demolition is an expensive process.  They say you can't just knock a building down, you have to do it carefully, which costs labor.  And then all that material has to be trucked away, and put somewhere.  It adds up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"If you take them down, then we're just we're nothing," said Carol Levy at The Wine Bar.  "We have nothing to show for who we are and our history.  We have an incredible supply of different architecture.  Variety of architecture throughout history.  If you take them down you end up with empty lots, you end up with a dead city."

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