Happy Monday, Nation! Here's your weekly Preservation Round-Up, your digest of preservation news and tidbits from around the country.
Southwestern Archaeology Today has their newsletter posted—it's an aggregation of some of the finest archaeology-related news stories concerning New Mexico, Arizona, et. al. Of particular interest are "From Tottenville to Pueblo Bonito to New Orleans," on anthropologist George Hubbard Pepper, and "The Civilizations Buried Beneath Us," concerning societies sub-Phoenix.
I know I linked to Time Tells last week, but his post on Chicago's Gold Coast is so fantastic, I couldn't resist. There's pictures! There's lots of fun facts, like "The largest home was and is the mansion of a Catholic archbishop..."! If a trip to Chicago isn't in your plans anytime soon, this post is worth a look.
In case you forgot or are still unconvinced, NHBR.com reminds us that "Historic building reuse is greenest of green." We say that a lot around here in PreservationNation, but it's worth reading someone else's words, too. Speaking of green stuff, Los Angeles is attempting to unify its downtown with a big, big park. Design Under Sky has the story.
Jan Gehl is the name in city planning right now. His book, Cities for People, has made quite a splash. It's the usual Jane Jacobs-ian principles that we all know and love—eyes on the street!—but updated and applied for the 21st century. If you haven't been following along, here's an extensive profile by Capital New York and Gehl's interview with Fast Company.
Main2, historic Seattle's blog about preservation, has a brief post-mortem for the Luzon Building in Tacoma, demolished a year ago yesterday. While it's never a good thing to see a viable historic building taken down, Historic Tacoma included a rather unique request in their invitation to an event commemorating the first anniversary of the building's demise: "Come dressed as your favorite historic Tacoma building, past or present, and join the parade at the site of the Luzon Building. Bring a flashlight for lighting effects and to spotlight the speakers." If you could dress up as your favorite historic building, Nation, what would you be?
With that, enjoy your Monday! Got any tips, news, or otherwise preservation-related fluff? We’d love to include it in the next round. Send us your links on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe you’ll see it here next week!
Alex Baca, a senior at the University of Maryland, is an intern in the Online Communications department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and also at the Washington City Paper.