Roy Blount Jr. on Atlanta's Varsity Drive-In :
It may surprise you that Nancy (Gordy Simms, the Varsity's owner) has a permit from the city of Atlanta to demolish the Varsity, which she renews every six months. But that is just so the city can't register it as a historic building. So the city can't tell her how to preserve it. Good. You want your talismanic chili dog to stay fresh, not get calcified.*
It might be too late for the churches here, unless somebody can get the ear of the right people at the archdiocese and convince then otherwise... but for, say, the houses in lower Mid-City and various places people can't work on continuously but are indeed working on, could it be an option?
*from Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.
Incidentally, that book has two passages I love in it, one of 'em about Garth Brooks in Central Park: Only once have I felt any sense of solidarity with old Garth - back here recently when he gave a concert in Central Park, and a quarter of a million people turned out, and a New York cop (who apparently didn't recognize anybody) was quoted as saying, "I'm sure he's very big back in his own country."