This Earth Day, remember “green” means preserving, not destroying

The reuse of existing buildings is one of the highest forms of sustainable design, and here’s a fact sheet from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that can help you convey that message.

One of the priority issues of Downtown Voices Coalition is preservation.  Summary recommendations are listed below; more detailed position statement here.

  • Historic designation proceedings need to be streamlined, with a maximum of 120 days for completing the process.
  • Ordinances need to be strengthened and strictly enforced to discourage illegal demolition of historic structures.
  • Demolition approval should be denied when there is evidence of deterioration by deliberate neglect.
  • Ways should be explored to encourage adaptive re-use of historic buildings, including older structures that may not qualify for historic designation.

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