From Englewood, Chicago in the US:
The empty, four-story shell on Gottfried Creek known infamously as the “Beirut Building” could be demolished in 60 days — or not — depending on what a judge, newly assigned to the case, decides.
The building, so named after the way it looks, also has certain characteristics similar to the real Beirut: its a resistance fighter:
Over the last 20 years, the Beirut Building has assumed a seemingly dogged resistance to annihilation. It has endured repeated attempts to flatten it while never fulfilling its potential to become something useful like its twin, the neighboring Edgewater Center.
To come to think of it, Beirut has its own “Beirut Building” – the Murr Tower.
Now that’s an eye-soar.
Update – May 21, 2009: Turn Beirut building into city hall