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Commenter says demolition of Burroughs Wellcome building is "the right decision"



In this week's comments update, readers are divided over the demolition of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Burroughs Wellcome building in North Carolina and sharing their views on other top stories.
Photographs have surfaced showing the Rudolph's 1969 headquarters for healthcare firm the Burroughs Wellcome Company being demolished, despite attempts to protest the destruction of the brutalist landmark.
The former medical facility is where AZT, the first antiretroviral drug approved to treat patients with HIV, was developed.
AIDS activists famously broke into and occupied the building in 1989 to protest the company's price gouging of the lifesaving medicine.
"Sad news"
Readers are torn. "Terrible loss," said Puzzello. "Ironically, one would think that brutalism's main material, concrete, would be too permanent a material to demolish, but here we are losing another one." Benny agreed: "I sincerely hope that there was an extensive amount of rectified documentary photography done prior to the swinging of the wrecking ball. That sectional picture is great. Sad news."
"I would say good riddance to this eyesore," continued Marc Sicard in contrast. "But I don't know what will replace it, so I'll wait."
"It's the right decision to get rid of it," concluded JB. "Good riddance."
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