I know you said "depressing," but here's my take on it: Back in the 1980s, a number of old, historic factory mills in New England were about to be torn down, when some developer had the idea to gut the insides and turn them into, yes, condos. The building exteriors were cleaned up, and the stairwells, etc., inside were modernized, while keeping the same historic look to them. We have a lot of older Masonic temples around the US that the members simply can no longer support. Turning them into condos is a more fitting turn than to tear them down and replace them with mini-malls, in my opinion.
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