Preservation Is…

Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?  Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe, with our Bicentennial approaching, this is the moment to take a stand, to revers the tide, so that we won’t all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.

-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady, editor, and historic preservationist

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Philip Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bess Myerson, and Ed Koch as they leave New York’s Grand Central after holding a news conference for the Committee to Save Grand Central Station in January 1975. Image via The Atlantic Cities

from Grand Central by Sam Roberts

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