A San Francisco resident has launched a campaign to save Cow Palace from a death-by-dynamite at the hands of the Daly City government. Currently, the 1941 building is owned by the State Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Fairs and Expositions (also known by the keyboard-pounding acronym SDFADFE), but Daly City officials have just introduced legislation requesting that the state sell Cow Palace at market value. If allowed to buy the structure, the city, working in conjunction with a developer, would demolish the arena and build new housing and retail units on the site. The most likely way to keep that from happening is to have Cow Palace designated a national landmark — it was, after all, used by the government as a holding ground for troops after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Perhaps more importantly though — The Beatles played there. By itself, that fact should qualify it for landmark status. As it turns out, money can't buy a landmarked building, either.
· Officials try to sort out Cow Palace's fate [Oakland Tribune]
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