Photos: Gates Rubber factory -- urban explorers' dream or urban nightmare?

This week's feature, "Trouble in the Rubble," looks into the controversies triggered by student Eugene Elliott's effort to save what's left of the Gates Rubber Company complex on South Broadway from demolition by filing for landmark preservation status. Response to the story has been sharply divided, with some readers denouncing the site as an eyesore and toxic wasteland, while others contend that some way should be found to repurpose the remaining buildings, which have stood idle now for two decades.
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Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He teaches journalism at Colorado College; his stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.
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