California Town Digs for Ideas to Preserve Historic Ditch

Posted on: January 8th, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

ZanjaIn California, where water is king, an irrigation ditch can have more historic clout than Plymouth Rock.

A Southern California group wants to create parkland around a historic 12-mile-long ditch, built in 1819 in Redlands, Calif.

Located in San Bernardino County, the Zanja, which is Spanish for ditch, delivered water to the local Spanish mission, San Bernardino Asistencia; it has been a flood-control channel for the past 80 years.

A third of the trench has already been cemented over and erased by apartment buildings and other development, so now is the time to act, says Sherli Leonard, executive director of the Redlands Conservancy, which will welcome the public's ideas in a Jan. 28 meeting.... Read More →

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Notes from New Orleans: Clio Street Update

Posted on: January 7th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

A follow-up to the story of the deconstruction of the house at 1826 Clio Street, which was a Trust-PRC-Mercy Corps media event on November 19.

Kristen Palmer, director of Rebuilding Together, reported that RT’s construction managers were able to use the salvaged material in RT projects, including all of the ¾-inch plywood, which looked pretty rough at the deconstruction site. Once volunteers de-nailed and trimmed the wood, items were easier to handle and use, and the amount of re-usable material was maximized.

Rebuilding Together, says Kristen, would like to continue the relationship and seek out another house with Mercy Corps. We are always careful to say that deconstruction should be the option when all other means of saving a house from demolition are exhausted.

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Walgreens to Replace Rare Wisconsin Barn

Posted on: January 7th, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

Beloit, Wisc.This could be the last winter for one of the last 19th-century cobblestone buildings in southeast Wisconsin.

Last month, the owner of the 1846 structure sold the site to Walgreens for a new store in Beloit, Wisc. The city issued a condemnation order to owner Mark Finnegan on Nov. 29, three weeks before the Dec. 18 sale, saying it was unsafe and too expensive to repair. ... Read More →

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Notes from New Orleans: Permit Moratorium

Posted on: January 4th, 2008 by Walter Gallas

 

Overlooked by many at the City Council meeting approving the public housing demolitions on December 20, was the passage later in the day of a moratorium on all permits—building permits as well as demolition permits—within the boundaries of the proposed LSU and VA medical complexes in the Mid-City National Register historic district.

Ostensibly, the moratorium is "...to enable the study and development of a zoning classification appropriate for a Regional Medical District...." It is to remain in effect for one year "...or until implementation of permanent land use measures in conjunction with the planning and development of the Regional Medical District...." If someone wants to get a permit, they must appeal to the City Planning Commission staff and then the applicant must go before the City Council. Demolition applications in this area would no longer go before the Housing Conservation District Review Committee; they would go through the same appeal process.

This places a new burden and disincentive on a property owner to repair his property in this neighborhood—and places everything under the authority of the City Council. The lead on the moratorium was Councilwoman Stacy Head.

This affects 71 acres of land, some of which have been repopulated by residents repairing and returning to their homes, as well as local institutions such as Deutsches Haus, a long-standing German society.

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Standoff in Philadelphia

Posted on: January 3rd, 2008 by Margaret Foster

 

plicoh.jpgThe city of Philadelphia is expanding its convention center, and three historic buildings stand in the way.

At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, two days after the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Society ruled against the demolition of the structures, the city's department of general services removed the cast-stone facade of a 1962 modern addition to the Philadelphia Life Insurance Co. Building.

A court date is set for Jan. 8. In the meantime, the agency must "save and preserve" the dismantled facade, according to the Dec. 24 order by Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Leadbetter.

The demolition violated a 2004 agreement between the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to incorporate the three connected buildings into the new complex in exchange for demolishing several others.... Read More →

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