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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Historic preservation problems in Baltimore

The tension between growth and historic preservation came to the fore in Baltimore when the planning director called for an evaluation of the executive director of the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.

While this function is part of the Baltimore City Office of Planning, the executive director is hired/fired by the Commission, independent of the Executive Branch.

See "Preservation panel declines to vote on ouster of top director:  Kathleen Kotarba has served for decades as head of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation" and "City preservationists summoned to closed-door meeting" from the Baltimore Sun.

This is a typical problem across the country.
Vacant properties, Reservoir Hill neighborhood, Baltimore
Reservoir Hill.

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