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Hey, Matt!!

What's up with the Hotel San Diego sign? I saw it today, relatively intact but slowly rusting away, put to pasture on the grass near the corner of Rosecrans and Dewey, inside the NTC development/boondoggle. Why is the sign there? Will its neon ever be lit again? It is a nice historical artifact, I suppose, now that the landmark hotel was vengefully reduced to rubble by the feds.

-- Steve Covault, e-mailville

A few artifacts were rescued from the hotel before it turned to dust. The sign is just the biggest and most unwieldy -- about 30 feet long, more than three tons. V. expensive to move and store. It's now under the care of the NTC Foundation, overseers of the preservation of some of the old buildings on the site. The sign will be rehabbed for an estimated lots of bucks and used as a stand-alone decoration somewhere on what's called the NTC Promenade area of "Liberty Station," as the joint has been renamed. At least that's the latest plan.

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