i can't say i agree with the judge i saw quoted elsewhere talking about the demolition of a different detroit hotel in 1905:
'judge robert e. frazer was among those who celebrated its passing as a sacrifice for the sake of progress, writing in the news: “the ever-expanding pulsating city has outgrown it. we no longer need it, tear it down! let loose the pick and ax and crowbar; attack it at the top; let every blow contribute to its destruction. tear it down!…like all other things that stand in the way of progress it is doomed—tear it down!…what do we care for the past? it is nothing to us. we have only the present and the future. these old memories live only in sentiment. sentiment is dead.…tear it down!”'
i like progress but i favor sentiment in weighing the two.