By Tim Mikulski
Welcome to a recently added feature here at the PreservationNation blog: Weekend Reads, wherein we'll be sharing a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.
Wide sidewalks and historic commercial buildings on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
“It’s National Preservation Month once again, and here in Louisville, it’s all too often the case that preservationists find themselves at odds with various development and business interests who quickly dismiss such heritage endeavors as bad for the bottom line. Luckily, we know that preservation and business go hand in hand, and so do a growing number of local entrepreneurs. Take Tim Koons-McGee, for example, the owner of local ice cream parlor The Comfy Cow.” – Broken Sidewalk: Comfy Cow Owner Tim Koons-McGee Talks Historic Preservation and Why It’s Good for His Business
“Preservationists say some 1,700 historic properties across six Portland neighborhoods – and countless others throughout Oregon – may not be protected from demolition without help from the Oregon Supreme Court. Worries are mounting because of a recent Court of Appeals decision involving a historic property in Lake Oswego. Under the ruling, a property owner can overturn regulations to preserve buildings designated as historic if the designation was imposed by a local government.” – OregonLive: Oregon Supreme Court Case May Alter Landscape of Historic Preservation
“The father-son team has been restoring historic homes together for several years, first in Liberty and now in Kansas City, where some 7,000 vacant buildings have been a citywide concern for years. Thanks to these two, there is now one fewer to worry about. ‘We knew the house was in bad shape. What we didn’t know was that the city was targeting it. Within a week after we bought it, we were getting threatening letters from the city saying something needed to be done here,’ Ken says. ‘We don’t blame them. Something did need to be done.’” – The Kansas City Star: Father-Son Restorers Turn Ugly Homes Into Historic Gems
“A project has been launched in California to focus on the state's LGBT history as work advances on a National Historic Landmark LGBTQ Theme Study and proposed framework for the National Park Service. Called California Pride: Mapping LGBTQ Histories, the online, crowdsourced archive will feature, according to organizers, the ‘memories, stories, and images related to sites throughout the Golden State associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience.’” – The Bay Area Reporter: CA LGBT History Project Launches
“The [North Carolina] budget inserts the historic preservation tax credit of House Bill 152, which passed the House in March but has languished in the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, which rarely meets. The recommendation is for a 15 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures up to $10 million, a 10 percent tax credit for qualified expenditures between $10 million and $20 million, and a small credit for structures that don’t produce income...The historic preservation tax credits have been instrumental in several revitalization projects in downtown Winston-Salem, with a combined capital investment value of more than $700 million.” – Winston-Salem Journal: Plan Would Restore Historic Preservation, Medical Expense Exemptions
"Pictures of the architectural splendours of Palmyra make it plain how desperately this place needs to be preserved. And if anyone thinks there’s a difference between saving stone and saving people, look on the faces of the ancient Palmyrans. The past is not a remote place. It is the mirror of ourselves. To cherish history and art is to care about the future." – The Guardian: Palmyra: is saving priceless antiquity as important as saving people?
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