Capitalists Don’t Understand Why They Can’t Bulldoze A Frank Lloyd Wright House
John Hoffman and Steve Sells have a problem: at present, they’re not allowed to demolish their 2,500-square-foot Phoenix home, designed by one Frank Lloyd Wright, to split the property, “build two luxury homes and make a killing,” according to The New York Times. I know: try not to get too choked up about it.
The would-be developers, entrepreneurial partners who met in an Idaho high school and claim to be unfamiliar with Wright’s legend, let alone the difference between him “and the Wright brothers,” were stopped in their fiendish tracks by valiant preservationists who are pushing for the home to achieve landmark status. Even so, that designation can last but three years in Arizona, meaning Hoffman and Sells could still knock the place down soon enough.
For now, though, it’s immensely gratifying to see how a poorly researched $2.8 million investment can blow up in its executors’ greedy faces. At the very least, it’s got to be a vindication of the supposedly useless liberal arts degree. A diploma in the humanities may not make you any money, but apparently it can save you tons.
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