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Toward A Better June 5 Memorial

With solemn words and painful memories, the June 5 memorial park was formally dedicated five years after a horrific and utterly preventable catastrophe took six lives. When reckless demolition work caused a wall collapse that destroyed a busy Salvation Army Thrift Store at the corner of 22nd and Market Streets, the calamity exposed negligent actions by individuals and a much larger systemic failure. But by commemorating this tragedy with a memorial at the site of the collapse -- and not at the nexus of greed and governmental failure that ultimately led to it — I fear we miss an opportunity to properly focus attention on ensuring that such an event never happens again.

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