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Ingress: What becomes of a portal that is no longer anchored by the real world location?

Ingress is a game based on real world locations. In a game predicated on a relationship between the physical and the synthetic, what becomes or should become of a portal that is no longer anchored by the real world location that informed its very creation?

Should the portal stay as synthetic memory of a once culturally important physical location or should it be removed or allowed to slowly decay and disappear  just like any other form that abides the transient nature of physical existence ?

Should the game creators intervene or should the local players who inhabit the physical space battle it out for a synthetic space that really should no longer exist?

Does it even matter when it’s all just a game?

These are the questions I asked when a physical location in my area (that informed the creation of a portal) was demolished.