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The History And Preservation Of Boston's Citgo Sign18:00
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The Citgo sign has been in Kenmore Square since 1965. It's located at 660 Beacon St., atop a building owned by Boston University. BU is looking to sell that building and several others in Kenmore to private developers. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
The Citgo sign has been in Kenmore Square since 1965. It's located at 660 Beacon St., atop a building owned by Boston University. BU is looking to sell that building and several others in Kenmore to private developers. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
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Last month, the Boston Landmarks Commission granted preliminary landmark status to the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.

This comes after Boston University announced in January that it would sell the building underneath the iconic sign. So far, no buyer has been announced — but the process has gotten some Bostonians talking about the sign's uncertain future, and its meaning to the city. Is it just an ad for an oil company? Or does it fit among other treasured Boston landmarks worthy of preservation?

Guests

Greg Galer, executive director of Boston Preservation Alliance, which tweets @BOSPreservation.

Alex Green, contributing writer to WBUR's Cognoscenti and research associate at Harvard Business School. He tweets @lalexgreen.

This segment aired on August 4, 2016.

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