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Preservation Watch

Another month has passed and the historic St. James Catholic Church is still standing upright in Bronzeville. The terms of the preservation dispute may be changing, reports The Tribune, as the Archdiocese is hinting at the possibility of compromise with persistent preservation activists. The spat has been testy, even boiling over outside of a recent Cook County hearing. It's well documented the Archdiocese prefers a new structure to a pricey rehab of the old one. Opponents, allied under the "Friends of Historic St. James" banner, defend the expense needed to save the gorgeous 1875 limestone church. Moral: don't piss off the people in your pews. [Trib, previously]