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I'm reminded of a commercial renovation project, http://www.thealtamont.com/, in which each of the nine stories has been gutted. The partition walls were made from clay tube tiles. Tube tiles are like concrete blocks - extremely strong with superior fire resistance. But no one works with tile partition walls anymore and trying to work around them would take more money than the market would bear. Removing them means that several tons of dead weight are eliminated from the load on each floor. They are now called "clean fill".
Even when the market thinks some old building has value, it is often more economical to raze it down to the superstructure, or completely down to the ground upon which it stands. If a bunch of vagrants happen to inhabit the building prior to renovation it may be said to hold some value to them, but that isn't economically relevant to the owners. It doesn't seem to be borne of pride or presumption, but perhaps there is sometimes a lack of vision.
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Spoken with true programmer hubris, and precisely why
> so many of you work for managers with English or History
> The very best code with no market has a value of zero.
> If the market is still using it, the value is not yet zero.
> Otherwise a lot of freeware would be worthless. Say PFE.
> From: Bob Foster [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Even if previously well-maintained, the value of code without the developers
> who wrote/maintained it is often $0.
> Even if well-maintained and knowledgeable developers available, if in "needs
> to be rewritten" state, value is $0.
> (In fact, often when code crosses the "needs to be rewritten" line, the
> value of the company is $0. ;-)
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