Can the destruction of a house wipe out the memories associated with it?
The News Observer reports that demolition began on the notorious Duke "lacrosse house" on July 13. The house, located at 610 North Buchanan Boulevard in Durham, North Carolina, was the scene of a March 2006 party at which a stripper, Crystal Magnum, accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her. The case ended in the exoneration of the students.
According to WRAL, Duke Vice President Michael Shoenfield called the house "an eyesore" and the decision to demolish it was "not made for any symbolic reasons."
Since the incident, the house has remained unoccupied. The university, which bought the property a month before the party as a result of noise complaints, determined that it could be put to better use. Schoenfeld explained that the small plot could potentially be used for residential purposes.