Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Why I think design guidelines and historic preservation protections are important

Because so much of the time, when people operate without guidelines, they do boneheaded things...

On the 300 block of Quackenbos St. NW, a one story bungalow, pretty simple, is being expanded by building a room onto the front of the house.

The house next door is similar to what the changing house used to looked like before.
Bungalow next door (300 block of Quackenbos St. NW, DC)

This is what's happening to the house.
A front yard addition being put on a bungalow (300 block of Quackenbos St. NW, DC)

While I understand why people want to change, expand, and modify their houses, what they do and how they do it impacts the quality of life and property values of other residents, albeit to variable effect, depending on the proximity to the buildings that change.

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