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Celebrating Place and Heritage

Posted on: November 26th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

On Saturday, November 17th, Candice Coyan from American Express and I (along with our family members) represented Partners in Preservation (PiP) at the Pui Tak Center's community celebration. After Chinese harp music performed by students, the program began with a short video they had prepared to tell the story of how they won the popular vote and got the big award, mainly as a THANK YOU to the room full of people who had voted regularly and supported their efforts. The video was prepare by one of their students who also teaches computer skills.

Three speakers were invited to tell why they voted in support of PuiTak and why they believed the building should be preserved. Each of these were people who had "grown up" in the building attending classes or participating in social events with their parents. The first was Helen Lee, the head of the Chinese chamber of commerce and a first-generation Chinese American. The second was a gentleman who was a third-generation immigrant family member who had studied Chinese at Pui Tak every day after American school. The third was a first-generation college student who spoke in Chinese; she had taken ESL classes in the building after immigrating as a teenager with her family. Each speech was translated in segments by the outreach minister of the Chinese Christian Union Church which now owns the building. It was very moving.

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Sharing the Vision: Best Practices to Preserve Our Future

Posted on: November 20th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

(Editor's Note: the Cleveland Restoration Society is a member of the State and Local Partners program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.)

Northeast Ohio is rich in historic assets. Like many American cities that thrived during the industrial revolution, Cleveland and its surrounding region built a remarkable architectural landscape on the foundation of businesses and factories that at one time drove the regional economy. This architectural and cultural heritage now needs our help, and the time is right for change. According to the Brookings Institution, despite the hardships that have plagued them, “the moment - demographic, economic, environmental, social - is ripe for revival” in our older, industrial cities. The Cleveland Restoration Society agrees.

Today, Tuesday, November 20, 2007, the Society held its 35th Annual Community Luncheon to share its vision of a vibrant Northeast Ohio and to start the process of envisioning the ways in which historic preservation can make this a reality. A panel of experts in real estate, tax credits, and architecture shared their best practices, experiences and recommendations for strengthening our commercial districts and neighborhoods emphasizing the use of historic preservation to create a sustainable region and a brighter future.

We’ve heard from the experts - now it’s your turn. How can we recreate the vibrant urban centers that once thrived in older industrial cities?

-- Erin Dorsey, Cleveland Restoration Society

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Press Coverage Raises Awareness of Threat to Tomb

Posted on: November 16th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Here at the National Trust, we are very pleased that the Army's plan to discard the Tomb Monument has received considerable recent attention from the media.

National Public Radio covered the threatened Tomb on November 11, interviewing Bob Loftur-Thun, a former Sentinel guard at the Tomb who strongly supports restoration rather than replacement.

The New York Times published an article and on-line video on the Tomb on November 12. The Times article was picked up as the cover story on AOL's webpage on November 12. More than 100,000 votes were cast in AOL's on-line poll, with 86 percent favoring repair of the original monument.

Earlier, the Army's replacement plan was covered by the Washington Post and the Washington Times.

-- Robert Nieweg

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Emergency Reprieve for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Stalled in Congress

Posted on: November 15th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

A temporary reprieve for the endangered Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers may be delayed as Congress debates the National Defense Authorization Bill:

An informal House-Senate conference committee was at a standstill late Wednesday on the annual defense authorization bill, amid a dispute over a domestic policy provision.

The sticking point was a Senate-passed provision that would expand race-based hate-crime laws ...

With no resolution late Wednesday on whether to keep the provision in the draft conference report, the goal of clearing the bill for the president’s signature by week’s end was at risk.

Congressional Quarterly, November 14, 2008
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Senators Daniel Akaka and Jim Webb have championed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill that would require much-needed study and a report to Congress before the Army could proceed with its misguided plan to replace the historic Tomb Monument. Although the Akaka-Webb amendment was unanimously adopted by the Senate, the National Defense Authorization Bill is now tied up in conference.

Thanks to the passionate grassroots outcry and pressure from Congress, the Army let pass its own September 29 deadline for replacing the monument. However, unfortunately, there is no indication that the Army has reversed its decision to replace.

We're continuing to press decision-makers to save the Tomb. We urge concerned Americans to contact John C. Metzler, Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery.

-- Robert Nieweg

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With Wildfires Almost Contained, California Assesses Damage

Posted on: November 1st, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

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At least 10 people are dead, some of them burned in their homes, and more than 50 firefighters injured by the wildfires that started in Southern California on Oct. 21. About 2,000 firefighters are still containing two wildfires, according to the state department of forestry and fire protection, and 100 people remain in evacuation shelters. So far, more than 15 fires have destroyed 2,200 homes and at least a dozen historic structures, the agency says.

President Bush, who has declared a major disaster in nine California counties, toured the wreckage last week with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. More than half a million people in San Diego County were relocated in the state's largest evacuation.... Read More →

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