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What is demolition?


Demolishing a building that has stood for many years can be a difficult, even controversial, decision. This is even more so when the building has historical value or cultural significance, or contains architectural features or craftsmanship that are rarely seen today. Demolition, however, is inevitable in many situations; thoughtfully and responsibly carried out, it can be an important part of the process by which older cities can be rebuilt and revitalized.


To many, demolition is knocking down buildings. This is a great oversimplification. A better, although longer definition is that demolition is a process that when carried out properly leads to the removal of a building in a way that protects the health of the neighbors and workers, that provides for proper disposition of the waste materials from the building, and that leaves the property ready for the most appropriate future reuse and which does not blight its surroundings.


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