Sleeping giant awakened?
What are the odds of that?
One day after my post about how local preservationists seem to largely slumber, the front page of the LJS features a story about the Preservation Association of Lincoln’s top 11 list of endangered buildings. Normally, I think of endangered buildings as buildings still standing, but the list contained some that have already been torn down. To wit: the Bison Books warehouse has already been torn down, but there it is on the list. Endangered? No, gone.
The point is, the preservation association needs to get out in front of these demolition projects if it is to be effective. If you want to save Bison Books, you go down to city hall and testify before the City Council before they approve a TIF agreement that calls for its demolition (for example), not after the fact.
Publishing a top 11 list of endangered buildings — including some that are already gone — seems a bit late at this point. Wake up, preservationists!