The architectural symbols are still here, though.
And while they may be gone, they’re still there.
The buildings themselves are still there, but so are the symbols and even the color scheme.
Some may still be recognizable, like the massive, square-shaped, white facade of a cathedral, which is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.
But those symbols are gone.
They’ve all gone to the ground.
And that’s a real shame.
The buildings were designed and built in the 19th and 20th centuries to tell stories and communicate messages.
It was a time when buildings were meant to be public spaces, not private, and to have public spaces be public and not private.
Today, the buildings are used by the private sector, which doesn’t even bother to put them up anymore.
Some are left over from the days of the American Empire.
But the vast majority of them are gone forever.
And for what?
Because the American public is tired of seeing their buildings destroyed in this way.
We don’t want it anymore.
It’s an old problem, but it’s one we’re finally having to face, and it’s not going away anytime soon.
The National Park Service says it is still looking into how the symbols could be protected.
But it’s hard to argue that they’re not a symbol of America’s greatness.