Viewpoint: Keep Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Program autonomous and strong
[Source: Arizona Preservation Foundation] — The Arizona Preservation Foundation Board of Directors urges the continuation of an autonomous, community-focused Historic Preservation Program for the City of Phoenix. Without such a strong program and city commitment to preservation, the landmarks pictured in the slide show above would have been demolished or severely compromised.
In addition, Phoenix’s 35 residential historic districts would NOT have historic preservation protection nor would be revitalized and active to the extent they are today. Without the stability of these urban neighborhoods, Phoenix’s central city revitalization would be severely deterred.
Phoenix voters would NOT have invested over $25 million in the city’s unique Historic Preservation Bond Program which has rehabilitated literally hundreds of historic buildings and sites in central Phoenix.
The nationally-acclaimed ethnic heritage surveys of Phoenix’s Asian, Black, and Latino communities would NOT have been completed.
When all is said and done, historic preservation is sustainable “green” development, and development without a historic preservation element is not sustainable.
Posted on April 16, 2010, in Visioning and Planning, Historic Preservation, Neighborhoods, Downtown Vitality, Architecture, History, Midtown Vitality, Uptown and tagged Arizona Preservation Foundation, Historic Preservation Office, Bond Campaign, Historic Preservation Commission, City of Phoenix. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.