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The Tiki Wars

How do we distinguish the historic from the sentimental?

Wayne Curtis visits the Kahiki Supper Club, in Columbus, Ohio, where thatched dining huts and an 80-foot-high tiki goddess spur him to ponder what kinds of buildings deserve preservation for posterity. "I hate it when drugstore chains raze cool old buildings and replace them with boxy, harshly lit stores selling eyeliner and blister packs of batteries," he writes. "But I found myself mustering a bit of sympathy for Walgreens in this fight." 

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