In Seattle, a Ross department store takes space in a 1940 Woolworth's. (Photo: Flickr user lumierefl)
Seattle's old buildings: Opportunities, not obstacles - The Seattle Times
"In the historic-preservation community, we are frequently trying to get the word out that as cities evolve and push for sustainability, they should acknowledge the value of maintaining and upgrading old buildings that too often are seen as obstacles rather than opportunities. Reusing these old buildings is actually one of the best ways to improve the environment. It's much greener than building green from scratch. And, it can make good business sense."
"In its February issue, Los Angeles magazine runs through 26 "classic" LA things (in alphabetical order), with entries for Cobb Salad, the Figueroa Street tunnels, the Rainbow bar, terrazzo sidewalks, Vin Scully, yoga, and more. "A," of course, is for all the awesome architecture, and the magazine put together this handy guide to 16 classic examples of LA houses."
Imploding the Pruitt-Igoe Myth - Architectural Record
"Accepted wisdom will have us believe St. Louis' infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing development was destined for failure. ... In the popular narrative, bad public policy, bad architecture, and bad people doomed Pruitt-Igoe, and it became an emblem of failed social welfare projects across the country. But director Chad Freidrichs challenges that convenient and oversimplified assessment in his documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth."
"The Chicago Cubs' latest plan for tweaking historic Wrigley Field is getting a green light - with some conditions - from the staff of the city's landmarks commission. The plan, which calls for building a patio in the right field bleachers and installing a 75-foot-wide, changing image LED sign on a section of the bleachers, "will not have an adverse effect on the significant historical and architectural features of the landmark," a staff recommendation says."
Work is set to begin Monday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row now that the city has finally wrested control of the site from the feds. City officials plan to tear down nine of the historic but crumbling naval residences and keep two - one of the original houses known as Building B and a Timber Shed, which was used to store ships’ masts and is the last of its kind in the country."
Miami Herald building is historic on all counts - The Miami Herald
"When it comes to making the case for the historic preservation of The Miami Herald building, it doesn’t matter whether you like or hate the newspaper, or whether you like or dislike the look of the Miami Modern architecture of the building."
David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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