Preservation Magazine

Baltimore's Arabbers Are Fading Away

Posted on: November 2nd, 2007 by Preservation magazine 1 Comment

 

Arabber selling watermelon (Scott Kecken)On the streets of Baltimore, it is getting harder and harder to hear the holler of arabbers. These street vendors, peddling produce and seafood on horse-drawn carriages, have been a part of Baltimore life for decades. But with less than a dozen arabbers on the street today, along with new city regulations on their horses and the potential loss of the stables they use, the cries of the arabber may be a thing of the past.

The word "arab" was British slang for homeless youth. While no one is sure how this term translated to describing street vendors in Baltimore, the word conveys the transience of arabbers' lives.

For African Americans, arabbing is a tradition that started after the Civil War, when jobs that offered independence for African American men were hard to find. Selling food from a cart was one of the few self-sufficient trades. Yet arabbing didn't become a distinctly African American trade until World War II, when industrial jobs opened up for white vendors.

"Today, they are living history, a reminder of Baltimore's past and the fact that horses built our cities and did the work that is now being done by machines. They are a reminder of a different time when people helped people," says Scott Kecken, who directed the 2004 documentary We Are Arabbers. ... Read More →

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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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N.Y. Drive-In Razed for CVS, Bank

Posted on: October 29th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

Annie’s by Rob YasinsacA classic drive-in restaurant with an American Graffiti look, Annie's Snack Shack in Stony Point, N.Y., was demolished earlier this month. A CVS and a bank will replace the 1951 building.

Annie Ciabattoni, whose family has owned the diner for the last 56 years, sold her 2.4-acre property to a Florida developer. On Sept. 11, the town board presented a plaque to Ciabattoni for her years in business. ... Read More →

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Permit for Feedlot Near Minidoka Denied

Posted on: October 25th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

MinidokaAn Idaho internment camp where Japanese Americans were confined during World War II won a victory this month when local county commissioners denied a permit for a feedlot operation nearby.

Minidoka Internment National Monument, overseen by the National Park Service, was threatened with a concentrated animal feeding operation a mile away.

Because the applicant, Big Sky Farms, can appeal within 28 days of the Oct. 9 decision, preservationists say the fight isn't over. ... Read More →

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No Buyers for Mid-Century Modern House Prompts Group to Think Outside the Box

Posted on: October 24th, 2007 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

paschal.jpgNo buyers have stepped forward to purchase the Paschal House in Raleigh, N.C. Now the nonprofit Preservation North Carolina may hold a design contest to spur interest in developing the three-acre property appropriately, while preserving the mid-century modern structure.

"It's the greatest modern house in North Carolina," says architect Frank Harmon. "It's such an exemplary house, built with respect to site and climate. It bonds with the landscape, using all natural materials and few finishes."

Designed in 1950 by architect James Fitzgibbon, the Paschal House was out of the ordinary for North Carolina, built with a combination of modernist, specifically Wrightian, principles and all-natural materials. ... Read More →

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