Leaning Tower of Dallas is city’s accidental tourist destination

Step aside, Leaning Tower of Pisa. A new tilted tower is seizing the spotlight.

A social media sensation dubbed the “Leaning Tower of Dallas” was born on Sunday when a large building portion survived a planned implosion in the Texas city.

After a demolition project failed to topple the core of the 11-story former Affiliated Computer Services building, the remainder of the tower was left lopsided, bearing a derelict resemblance to Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Leaning Tower of Dallas has drawn plenty of sightseers pretending to prop up the landmark.

“Whenever a new landmark is established right next to your home, you have to take a picture with it!” user @benjbrat93 wrote on Twitter, along with photos of himself posing in front of the tower.

“It’s ok,” wrote Instagram user @siscowashere. “Doctor said I can lift again.”

Twitter user @patwritersen hailed the structure as “a monument to our dying republic.”

Lloyd Nabors, whose company is handling the demolition, said crews will use a wrecking ball to take down the remaining tower, which includes the elevator shafts. The building is being demolished to make way for a $2.5 billion mixed-use project.

In response, Justin Mitchell, a fan of the building, started a change.org petition to “save this landmark from destruction” by designating it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Texas Historic Landmark.

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“After making national headlines, we are finally famous for something other than the JFK Assassination,” Mitchell wrote in the petition, which is addressed to President Donald Trump, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and six others. “You wouldn’t tear down the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Great Pyramids of Giza and replace them with condos, would you?”

As of Thursday, the petition had garnered over 1,000 signatures.

“If anything, do it for the memes,” Mitchell added.

Even if the tower doesn’t remain for much longer, it will at least lean on in LEGO form through the rest of February.

A LEGO version of the tower has been erected at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth. Constructed of 1,500 LEGO bricks, the tower took master model builder assistant Matt Graham two hours to make.

Yes, Graham included little LEGO people ogling it with little LEGO iPhones.

Contributing: Associated Press

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