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SurveyLA Looks to the Past to Preserve Los Angeles' Future

Posted on: January 9th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern

 

The Los Angeles Conservancy, one of our local partners in Southern California, has undertaken is working with the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources on an epic endeavor, a project known as SurveyLA, which will look at all of the historic resources in the city. This effort, the largest such initiative in the nation, is:

an unprecedented, five-year citywide initiative to identify significant historic resources throughout Los Angeles - including ornate historic theaters, Modernist commercial buildings, exuberant Art Deco structures, Craftsman bungalow neighborhoods, and places that shaped our city's social history and its diverse communities. SurveyLA will engage Angelenos in identifying historic places that are worthy of recognition and protection.

As part of the project, the Conservancy has prepared three videos to explain the project and some of the prominient site being surveyed.  Architects, historians and preservation experts -- including the National Trust for Historic Preservation's own Anthea Hartig, director of our Western Office -- share stories about the cultural legacy of the architecture of Los Angeles.

Updated to reflect that the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources is the lead on SurveyLA, not the Los Angeles Conservancy.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Kevin Krause came to New Orleans as an Americorps volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. He spent a year helping people restore their homes and eventually, he and his wife bought one for themselves. When it comes to the idea of losing his home to the new VA/LSU hospital complex he says, "It's depressing. It's... criminal." Kevin finds particularly unfortunate the government's belief that Mid-City is anything other than blighted buildings -- "they refuse to see the people who live in this neighborhood."

Kevin's video ends with a plea: "We’re sending out an SOS to anyone who can hear us. We need help and we need it now."

You can help --  take action today!

Learn more about our efforts to save Mid-City New Orleans.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Save Mid-City: "How Would You Feel?" – Resident Diana Monley

Posted on: December 17th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

Diana Monely has worked for the city of New Orleans for 30 years and lived in her Mid-City home for 35, and now -- despite weathering Hurricane Katrina in the city to remain on the job -- her loyalty to New Orleans is being repaid with the loss of her home. She says, “You just put yourself in my place. How would you feel?”

I, for one, would feel terrible, especially knowing that there are so many unanswered questions and unconsidered alternatives when it comes to locating a new VA/LSU medical complex in Mid-City. Join us in telling Governor Bobby Jindal and other decisionmakers how you feel about this. Take action today!

Learn more about our efforts to save Mid-City New Orleans.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

A year and a half after receiving preservation grants from the state of Louisiana, Bobbi Rogers is faced with having her home demolished... by the state of Louisiana. This unusual turn of events is due to a proposed VA/LSU hospital complex will cost lower Mid-City residents the homes they have been restoring since Hurricane Katrina. Bobbi, a volunteer who helped rebuild homes in what is now the neighborhood where she lives, is left scratching her head at this turn of events, "A year and a half ago the state gave us $45,000 in preservation grants to restore our home. But today they want to demolish it. It doesn’t make any sense to me."

We don't get it either, and -- along with Louisiana residents and concerned citizens nationwide, we're asking the decision-makers to reconsider and save Mid-City. Please join us in taking action now!

Learn more about our efforts to save Mid-City New Orleans.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Though she clearly worries that it may be a losing battle, New Orleans homeowner Barbara Dillon -- with her husband Larry at her side -- talks about wanting to "fight to the last" to save the home they have been restoring since Hurricane Katrina. At this time, the Veteran's Administration and Louisiana State University are still planning to tear down the Dillon's home, along with more than 150 others, to build a new hospital complex.

Other sites are available, however, and continued pressure may help to change the minds of Governor Bobby Jindal and others involved. Please take action today!

Learn more about our efforts to save Mid-City New Orleans.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.