Change.org petition seeks to save half-imploded Dallas office tower
Forget about soccer, frozen margaritas and the Texas State Fair. It seems the only thing able to truly bring the entire city of Dallas together is a failed demolition in the middle of the ascent.
In the seconds following a highly anticipated planned implosion of the former Tower of Affiliated Computer Services on February 16, it became clear that 300 pounds of dynamite would not be enough to completely demolish the dogged eleven-story building.
North of downtown Dallas, off the Central Expressway, the otherwise memorable 1970s office tower is being demolished to make way for a $ 2.5 billion mixed-use development known as The Central. But the demolition went wrong, leaving the building’s concrete-and-steel core at a striking incline that isn’t all that different from a particular Tuscan bell tower. In this way, Dallas received an instant photo background known on the Internet.
File under Dallas as Dallas: There is now a https://t.co/2S9AahyOhp petition to receive the partially featured “Leaning Tower of Dallas” as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. https://t.co/FoH67qQypZ
– Mark Lamster (@marklamster) February 19, 2020
The Leaning Tower of Dallas has attracted many Gawkers since a failed implosion left part of a building that still stood on North Haskell Avenue on Sunday.
Everyone speaks in the luminaire – and takes photos. Did you take any photos with it? Show us in the comments! pic.twitter.com/stWZPnyS1k
– WFAA (@wfaa) February 19, 2020
Now the Dallasonians – tongues firmly planted in their cheeks – are gathering to save the half-demolished building now known as the “Leaning Tower of Dallas”. A Dallas resident looking for “dank meme” even started a petition on Change.org demanding that the sloping tower be granted Texas Historic Landmark status and UNESCO World Heritage status.
Read the petition:
In the last few days, the Leaning Tower of Dallas has become the city’s greatest cultural icon. After making national headlines, we’re finally famous for something other than the JFK assassination. Unfortunately, the demolition will soon be complete to make way for even more dire shops and condominiums for the civil residents of Uptown Dallas.
At the time of this writing, over 900 people have signed the petition addressed to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Historical Commission Executive Director Mark Wolfe, and noted President Donald Trump, among others.
Myself and my almost 90 year old mother enjoy the Leaning Tower of Dallas pic.twitter.com/l40hczrLN2
– railroadlady1 (@ railroadlady1) February 18, 2020
The tower of affiliated computer services has, in fairness, some cultural significance. Though the building has been owned by Xerox for the past few years, it was once home to Southland Corporation, the parent company behind one of Dallas’s greatest contributions to modern society: 7-Eleven.
While the petition is obviously frivolous, it serves as a kind of battle cry against The Central, a dense and upscale project that will ultimately stretch over 30 acres. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the first phase of development will include a 17-story office tower, two hotels, two large apartment complexes, a 3.5-acre park and 110,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and restaurant space. The Dallas architectural offices GFF and BOKA Powell as well as Perkins Eastman from New York are involved in the project.
Project developer De La Vega Development plans to break new ground in the third quarter of this year – assuming the remaining part of the tower will fall completely if a crane and wrecking ball ends the job at some point this week.