Happy first Monday of 2011, Nation! We're pumped up, well caffeinated, and ready to roll with the year's first installment of the Preservation Round-Up, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s twice-weekly digest of preservation news and notes from around the country.
Today is, of course, a make-or-break day as far as resolutions are concerned. Sure they all sounded like superb ideas when you were laid up on the couch wearing sweat pants and hacking into a cheese ball (not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything...), but today is about implementation. While I'm not qualified to give fitness or nutrition advice (I think there are apps for that), I can share some handy DIY tips in the event that a renovation/restoration project made your list.
Always a wealth of good information, OldHouseWeb.com is currently offering an array of how-to's to guide you through finding a roof leak (before the contractors come), greening your kitchen cabinets, repairing wood rafters (for all you Arts and Crafts lovers out there), restoring your floors, and avoiding some common character-ruining renovations. Over at ThisOldHouse.com, they have tips -- 100 of them actually -- if you want to DIY on a budget. And if you're hoping to get a little greener this year, see how you can conduct your own home energy audit thanks to TheDailyGreen.com.
And of course, don't forget about the resources we've lovingly prepared for you here at PreservatioNation.org. We've got tips for winterizing your home, a guide to lead paint, some thoughts on installing solar panels, and a map of old-home-friendly contractors should your DIY efforts unexpectedly qualify you for HGTV's Over Your Head.
Now, enough about resolutions and/or getting dirty. Let's dish some preservation, shall we? Landmark West! has launched a walking tour app, which encourages users to look up when strolling down the Upper West Side. Some old theaters are reinventing themselves, but sadly not this one. Things are looking good at Denver's Union Station, historic commercial architecture in Palm Springs has a big, big fan, the fight to save Blair Mountain continues, and state parks are still feeling the crunch.
To close us out, an inspiring little sound bite from Alex Marshall, who has happily witnessed Portland, Ore. bloom in recent decades:
And in the long run, being distinctive is a positive thing for a city because rather than being nowhere, you’re somewhere. It can’t be faked though. It’s about confronting hard choices and making the right ones.
While a lot of things contribute to a city's overall distinctiveness, we think historic preservation is -- without question -- an essential ingredient. So, here's to a new year full of making important places distinctive "somewheres" -- be they our homes or our entire towns.
And with that, enjoy your Monday -- and stick with those resolutions. And as always, if you have any tips, news, or otherwise preservation-related fluff, let us know by sending us links on Twitter and Facebook.
Jason Lloyd Clement is an online content provider for PreservationNation.org. He'll be spending much of 2011 putting the finishing touches on his 101-year-old colonial.
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