Michigan Central Station in its better days. (Photo: Talk to the Station)
If you've been to a public meeting, you know how public input is traditionally given. Sometimes it involves placing stickers on development plans that appeal to you most. Sometimes you give input by standing up and commenting to a panel. Sometimes large groups are split into smaller groups and input is sought via a group spokesperson. And, sometimes, emails are sent and online surveys taken.
But over the past few years, public input is starting to take a refreshing turn for the casual and social. Not replacing the old ways, but allowing for conversations about neighborhoods, buildings, and futures to take place outside the confines of community centers and council chambers.
Talk to the Station - LOVELAND Technologies
See what Detroit is doing to engage the public on the future of Michigan Central Terminal, one of the most well-known abandoned properties in the city.
NBC and "Grimm" restore a classic Portland neon sign - Vintage Roadside
"...One of Portland's most well-known neon signs is lit once again for the first time since 1974! The Oregon Leather Company sign in downtown Portland has long been one of our favorites and one we've always feared we'd never see lit again. Thanks to NBC and their series Grimm (which films around Portland) the sign is once again lighting up the corner of Second & Couch."
Preparing historical buildings for an earthquake - Old House Web
"Since an earthquake can strike at any time, it is a good idea to get the ball rolling on what needs to be done. [Here] are a few things you can do to help ensure your home is as safe as possible if the earth starts to rattle and roll."
Tenement Museum Opens New Visitors Center - Tenement Museum Blog
"Today's the big day! We've opened the doors and welcomed the first members of the public to our new Visitor and Education Center at the corner of Orchard and Delancey. The Center gives us 10,000 square feet of additional space, including classrooms, a screening room and our first purpose-built gallery space."
Bring Back the Rooming House? - Citiwire.net
"OK, maybe not the century-old stereotype of a dowdy rooming house with doilies on the furniture, tiny rooms with cast iron beds, a shared bathroom down the hall, and meals ruled over by a stern older woman. Shared meals? Maybe not anymore. But we do need much smaller, more affordable units than today’s market offers, especially for our millions of “millennials” -twenty-somethings who are now selecting cities to live in."
A private funeral for rap legend Heavy D will be held at a historic black Baptist church in a northern suburb of New York City. Grace Baptist Church's website says its congregation was founded by five black women in 1888.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.