YES - good points - LARA KOZAK
Dan Becker wrote:
> George Kramer's mention of preservation roundabouts his parts being equated
> with embalming reminded me of another phenomenon I've noted as it relates
> to community preservation, or conservation, or whatever.
> Pickled preservation is the term I use when preservation philosophy or
> preservation's use as a planning tool in a community is restricted to very
> limited and circumscribed situations where it is used to placate those
> "preservationists." When a preservation issue comes up, the pickled
> preservation project is used by community leaders to demonstrate that they
> are sensitive to this issue when it "makes sense," but in the case at hand,
> it doesn't make sense for these reasons [insert here all the goofy excuses
> you've ever heard]. But it's like there is a fence around the preserved
> area, and for god's sake, don't let the preservation leak out and infect
> the rest of the community.
> Rather than a community ethic where preservation is the first choice, and
> folks are required to justify why the community should remove a resource
> and replace it with something else, we all seem to find demolition and new
> construction being the default behavior, and we must justify why the
> community should retain the resource.
> Preservationists need to be working toward extracting preservation from the
> briney deep and engaging the community in a dialog as to why it makes sense
> to have preservation as the default community ethic.
> As we engage in the discussion, we must also recognize that the purveyors
> of pickles are not bad people out to maliciously do in historic resources,
> they are for the most part folks that believe they are doing what is best
> for the community's future, just as we believe we are doing. Avoiding an
> us/them view of the situation, and casting it more in the vein of a common
> dialog as to what is the best model of behavior for the community I believe
> yields a more fruitful and respectful discourse.
> Dan Becker, Exec. Dir. Much like the Lorax who speaks
> Raleigh Historic for the trees
> Districts Commission I speak for the buildings and
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