Sunday, April 13, 2014

"The Corner" is Officially History

Although some - myself included - have noted the iconic Shirt and Suit Corner's place in Old City's storied history, two recent events have signaled that their place in Old City should be history.

Not even a month after the Shirt Corner at 3rd and Market collapsed during a controlled demolition, its sister site, the Suit Corner, went up in flames. On Wednesday morning and two alarm fire sent one fireman to the hospital with injuries, but luckily no one was seriously harmed. The longtime owner, Gary Ginsberg was grief stricken as he watched his business go up in flames.

The business predated required fire safety measures including a sprinkler system, and the ball of fire that erupted near a window quickly overcame the entire building.

L&I may be burning the midnight oil in the months to come. Still struggling with the deadly collapse at 22nd and Market, facing public scrutiny over the Shirt Corner's collapse at 3rd and Market, this fire will inevitably lead to more questions about the safety of our aging businesses and homes.

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