Akron, Ohio is no more resistant to change than any city in America. Probably less so, in fact.
Akron, Ohio is no more resistant to change than any city in America. Probably less so, in fact. In 2007, the art museum downtown was remodeled by an Austrian architecture firm and now has a futuristic glass addition. A couple years back, the three-story, decades-old Arby’s sign on Market Street—the one in the shape of a cowboy hat and illuminated by dozens of lightbulbs—was replaced with a smaller, more energy-efficient sign. That same summer, my elementary school was demolished. King School had been built in 1923. Its basement had hosted the first Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Preservation groups collected signatures and raised hell. But it was as leaky and drafty and mold-infested as you’d expect of a pre-war building subject to humid summers and freezing winters, and the state was offering money to rebuild. So it, too, came down.