A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news. Click on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.
Sarah Heffern, the social media strategist for the The National Trust, was lucky enough to visit the White House “all tricked out for the holidays” this year. Jump over to Preservation Nation (the Trust’s blog) to see her favorite snapshots from her visit.
Rezoning in Midtown could result in a skyline and streetscape that not only dwarfs Grand Central Station, but that obscures it from view. Check out Justin Davidson’s article to learn more about the historic important of the terminal (born out of a train disaster) and how rezoning might effect it.
“A major rationale for the supply of parking spaces in city shopping centers is that customers won’t come without them. The anecdotal argument makes sense — retailers believe that most consumers arrive by car and believe free or cheap parking plays a major role in choosing a destination — but the actual evidence is scant at best. A new review of commercial centers in Greater London, released late last month (via David King), concludes that retailers vastly overestimate the role free parking plays in their success.”
In the past, retail stores went all out during the holiday season decorating their display windows with elaborate holiday scenes and/or displays of their wares. These days it seems to be a tradition that is falling to the wayside. But for almost 44 years, Lou “Geppetto” Nasti has been working to keep it alive. ” Nasti has created holiday-themed displays for department store windows and shopping malls, the kind featuring animatronic elves wrapping presents, sweet-faced reindeer bowing their heads and Santa snoring, perhaps with a tail-wagging puppy at his feet.”