As longtime downtown residents we have watched with despair as historic residences and commercial buildings, even whole residential neighborhoods and business areas, have been demolished in the name of urban redevelopment. As downtown redevelops, there will be pressure to demolish historic and vintage buildings to make way for new projects in both the target area and in nearby neighborhoods.
Without certain protections and incentives, the historic areas that downtown stakeholders have valiantly attempted to sustain may disappear. Currently unprotected historic properties should be considered for historic designation. Properties that already have historic designation should be safeguarded from demolition. Several of the following recommendations were made in 2001 by the Ad Hoc Historic Preservation Advisory Committee — thus far, no action has been taken on these issues by the Phoenix City Council.