Petition surfaces to save the half-imploded Leaning Tower of Dallas
A Dallas building that was supposed to be demolished only got halfway there, and now there is a petition to keep the remainder standing.
The building is the former Affiliated Computer Services building located at 2828 N. Haskell Ave., at the northeast corner of US-75, and was being razed to make way for a new development with an office building and hotel called The Central.
The implosion took place on February 16, a Sunday morning, the time that most implosions occur. As can be seen on this Inside Edition video, the exterior caved, but a shaft at the center, containing the elevator and stairwells, was left standing.
A spokesman for one of the companies involved in the demolition told NBC that the building "undressed itself" too quickly during the implosion. The remaining structure is going to require a crane and a wrecking ball to take it down, likely in the next few days.
NBCDFW has a gallery of photos of people who've taken photos of themselves with the building, which has become an impromptu landmark that they're calling "Dallas' own Leaning Tower of Pisa."
The petition, which was posted to change.org by "Jimbob Dallas," is a plea to save the "Leaning Tower of Dallas" and has currently has 250 signatures.
"Over the past few days, The Leaning Tower of Dallas has become the city's largest cultural icon. After making national headlines, we are finally famous for something other than the JFK Assassination," the petition reads.
"Unfortunately, the demolition will be completed soon to make way for even more hideous shops and condos for the bourgeois residents of Uptown Dallas. That's why we need to work together now to save this landmark from destruction," it says.
The petition recommends making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Texas Historic Landmark to ensure that it is not only saved, but maintained.
"We need to reach out to local officials to save our new historical landmark. You wouldn't tear down the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Great Pyramids of Giza and replace them with condos, would you?" it says.