Fragile Legacies

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Last month, the Original Aurora Renewal agency issued a request for proposals for a new use for the old library portion of the AMC, which the city is also consider selling. I'm not going to respond to the RFP formally, but informally I'd say the answer of what to do with the place is obvious. First, the RFP should be withdrawn. Then, Aurora officials need to realize that the AMC is not something to be thrown away, because the diamond in the rough could be a centerpiece for a revitalized downtown. It's a gorgeous mid-century period piece with appropriate stylistic flourishes that give it plenty of arty associations. (Isn't the city trying to attract artists and galleries?) Maybe they should use it as an art center; for heaven's sake, the city already owns it. Think of the attention Aurora would get in the region if they took the bold step of taking advantage of a stupendous opportunity that is right under their noses.

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
Contact: Michael Paglia