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ye olde police booth

After my column a few weeks ago about the controversy over whether to keep Albion's 50 year old police booth, some of you asked to see what the thing actually looks like. Well, here's what it looks like as of a week ago -- I think most of you will agree that, while it's hardly a toxic waste landfill, it's not exactly the Taj Mahal, either. It's just ... there, on the corner of the Noble County Courthouse Square.

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Apr. 24th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
Having seen it now, I'm leaning towards the bulldozer option.
Apr. 25th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
So, no to the homeless shelter idea, huh? :-> I'll carve a line in the "no" category.
Apr. 24th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Is it ever used?
Apr. 25th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
Technically it's used only once a year, as a command post for the police during the Chain O' Lakes Festival (which takes place around the courthouse square). However, it has the potential of being used by the many people who put on fund raisers there, virtually every weekend during the summer and also at times during the rest of the year. If we could figure out key arrangements, it could be used to give them shelter from the elements and a safe place for their cash boxes.

In addition to being on the courthouse square, the booth is at the intersection of State Roads 9 and 8, also known as Main and Orange streets -- the only stoplight in Albion, and also the geographic center of Albion and Noble County. So it makes for a great place to get attention.
Apr. 24th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
It looks like it is made out of lego! Maybe they could just dismantle it and put it up again somewhere else - or use the bits to make something else - like a bit of Lego Treasure Island or somehing?
Apr. 25th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I never thought of it that way! It's just your basic concrete block building, so it certainly could be reconstructed somewhere else. The question to that, of course, being whether there would be a point. As I said before, I kind of like it where it is -- it seems to add some old fashioned atmosphere to the square, IMO.

We just found out today that the federal reconstruction project has been delayed another year, so we have that much longer to decide things.
Apr. 27th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Has it been repainted or something? It looks different to me... but I guess I haven't really been in Albion for a few years so I don't know. LOL to the Lego comment!
Apr. 27th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
It did get repainted a few years back ... I believe it was a light green, before then. Personally, I think if they decide to keep it they should have some kind of art put on the sides.
May. 4th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
(I haven't been ignoring you or anyone else. It seems this past month since Aunt Lizzie's funeral has been just insane - and combine that with [what are probably funeral-inspired] bouts of apathetic depression, I'm way behind.) Anyway, thanks for posting this. It's pretty much what I was picturing, perhaps a bit bigger. I kept picturing the ticket-taker's booth that's in Bremen (and for the life of me, I can't remember exactly where it is, though I could go straight to it if I were there) and it's very similar.
May. 4th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
It does look like a ticket-taker's booth, doesn't it? And to think, that was Albion's entire police department for decades.

I'm with you on the RL problems -- sometimes you just have to go deal with the unfun things in life. As for me, I've been known to sink into those apathetic depressions myself, especially as winter approaches. Okay, every year when winter approaches ...
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