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Archive for Thursday, May 16, 2013

Letter: Wrong concept

May 16, 2013

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To the editor:

Your Monday editorial seems to say that designating historic sites in the old East Lawrence neighborhood will result in lost economic development.  That concept is wrong.  

Never, as I can recall, has a historic listing in Lawrence ever stopped a development. Concessions made? Of course. Plans changed. Yes. But a drive through our community will show historic buildings that are listed stand alongside all kinds of new development. Your office, by the way, is an example. You are sitting in a building that is 250 feet from several listed sites. Your argument against historical recognition and protection just does not stand up. The truth is (you can Google the studies) that historical preservation does indeed encourage economic development and promotes added income for communities that embrace the past. If you want to argue against historical preservation you’re going to have to find a new tactic.

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jhawkinsf 11 months, 1 week ago

"Never, as I can recall, has a historic listing in Lawrence ever stopped a development." I looked at a building a number of years ago, admittedly, a very casual first glance. When I found out it would come under scrutiny by the local historic commission, I walked away. Now, years later, that building remains empty.

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spiderd 11 months, 1 week ago

Frankie, I'm sorry to be the one to have to report this to you. You are talking out of your rear.

There are plenty of "old buildings" that get torn down without anyone hearing about it. Some of them were built so poorly as to hold no value. Some of them have been allowed to degrade to the point that everyone agrees they are not economically feasible to rebuild. And some of them get demolished simply because they're in the way of someone's idea of progress.

There are no stories in the paper about many of the buildings that get torn down. But just because there aren't doesn't mean it's not happening. I'm not saying that's not fine... in some cases, tear away. But you and similarly minded folks cherry pick a couple of instances here and there when really you couldn't be more out of touch with what's really going on. Seriously, do some homework, it will make you a more informed LJW commenter.

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Leslie Swearingen 11 months, 1 week ago

The problem is whenever a structure built before a certain year is deemed to be historic and therefore can't be torn down. I think we need to be very careful before wanting to keep every old building for no other reason than it is old.

After all those houses and such were built to be lived in and worked in, it isn't like we are talking about holy shrines here.

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