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.
When Gentrification Is Not Gentrification – RustWire
“After consistently being ranked as one of the poorest cities in the country, Youngstown has recently seen a small reversal of fortunes in its downtown. A handful of new bars, some housing development, and voila–old-school Youngstowners are now complaining about “gentrification.” I have a message for these people: Stop it!…while some middle-income people have moved into Youngstown, reversing a decades long trend, Youngstown is not really “gentrifying,” at least not in the sense that anyone is negatively impacted by it. And you know why? This is an extremely important point: NO ONE IS BEING DISPLACED.”
Historic buildings occasionally find themselves clad in scaffolding for repairs or renovations. The trouble is – it’s unsightly! The company Softwalks could change all that in the future by attaching chairs, planters, counters, lights, and screens, all of which were designed to safely and easily attach to sidewalk sheds to create attractive new spaces for people to rest and mingle while construction continues overhead.
Building Accessibility – Preservation in Pink
“Accessibility to historic buildings is often a necessary code upgrade, not to mention important to insure that everyone can enjoy the building. Inside we see chair lifts on railings, elevators, ramps. On the exterior we see elevator shafts and accessible ramps of all materials and interesting placements. Sometimes a ramp will block the facade or detail of a building. That is not to say that a building should not have a ramp, but perhaps more creative planning would help.”
“Like almost everyone who came on Saturday to bid the Boardwalk here farewell, Karen Robson, 55, had a story to tell that spanned years and generations, births and deaths, all set on the weathered stretch of wood that constitutes the heart of this barrier island community.”
Book review: Print the Legend by Martha Sandweiss – Florence and the Historian
“Print the Legend is an impressive contribution on multiple planes, for Martha Sandweiss not only recounts the complex history of the use of photography in the American West between 1840 and 1890, she also guides both the general reader and historian alike in the process of rethinking how we interpret and utilize photography. She posits two ways to think of how we interpret and use photographs as primary source documents: in history, which requires knowledge “about the circumstances of its making, the photographer’s intent, the public function of the image, the ways in which it was received and understood by contemporary audiences” (p. 9) and through history, in which “we must give attention to the shifting fate of the image—the ways in which it might have moved into archives or attics, museums or scrapbooks, and the ways in which it has been reinterpreted over time” (p. 9).”
“Erik Larson’s page-turner The Devil in the White City, the compelling true story of the building of the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 and the vicious murders carried out in the shadows of its construction, is going to be made into a major motion picture. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Inception), whose production company Appian Way purchased the screen rights from Paramount Pictures, has already announced that DiCaprio will produce the film and play the mysterious murderer-protagonist H.H. Holmes… Among the book’s vibrant cast of turn-of-the-century characters, including many architects and artisans, Olmsted plays a supporting role, characterized as being reluctant about the invitation to join the fair’s regime of visionaries. However, Olmsted is quickly convinced of the fair’s legacy, and joins with the hopes that his involvement will bring the profession of landscape architecture the acclaim it deserves.” Olmsted is famous for designing Central Park in New York City and is close to every Kentuckian’s heart for his work in both Louisville and Lexington.