|Hidden for years behind siding from the 1930's the trim will be restored and the diamond medallions replaced|
These neighborhoods didn't "magically happen", there is no secrete formula that turned these areas around. it took one thing Vision. Vision to see beyond 'ugly old houses' and see the beauty within. case in point it was only AFTER restoration began that developers came and started building infill. You MUST establish 'value' in a neighborhood and Historic Preservation and restoration are known methods of redevelopment that produce real results.
|Soon that porch will be gone and this house will shine with a new 5 color paint job and a reclaimed slate roof back in place|
So our efforts have led to another house being restored down the street, a house the city wanted to bulldoze but we fought for it and now it is under restoration and a fresh coat of paint is going on it. No one in their right mind would think of bulldozing it now. And this weekend another "Daylighting" old unattractive siding removed to expose the original siding underneath. Details hidden for over 80 years in the light of day. Details that will be lovingly restored and returned to their 1885 elegance.
This is how you turn around a neighborhood not some "build a creek and they will come", but hard work and investment in homes by people who own them. Historic Preservation as an economic development tool, is used by every other major city. Why cant our city government understand that?