I wish, I wish, I wish!    How I would wish to write like Mr. Sales.         I’ve got the facts.    I’ve got the figures.     I’ve even got the history.        All the tools at my disposal.

But I haven’t the prose.     His editorial is so fine, I’m thinking of framing it.

And his solid reasoning takes my breath away.     

We’ve had some locals who are trying to say that because they are on the right and pro-business that somehow the local historic district ordinance is something that a socialist created.    Considering the large amount of LHD’s across the country (over 2300) and most of the country leans to the right; not only have they jumped on the wrong horse, it’s fully dead!

But getting back to Mr. Sales, his writing would make that venerable capitalist, Adam Smith, of the Wealth of Nations fame, be very impressed!

My case has been stated, over and over again, that the local historic district ordinance is the key to our economic success – not only does it help in securing our future, it brings a high quality of life with it.

Now, I’m nervous – Mr. Sales might take up blogging and blow my doors off!

-P. Preservationist

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2 Responses to Breathtaking

  1. PortSanity says:

    Hmmm … I guess reasonable people may differ, but Mr. Sales went on for two paragraphs about Coca Cola before he even mentioned the LHD. Then, he draws a very sketchy link between the protection of a brand by a company (i.e., protection of private property by the property owner) and the regulation of homes by the government (i.e., regulating some for the benefit of the community).

    As you know, I’m in favor of the LHD, but I’ve yet to see a clear, thoughtful, objective statement as to why the LHD should be enacted (or not enacted). Every statement starts from a particular viewpoint, either pro or con, and then tries to support that viewpoint.

    You say it will maintain/increase property values — show us the studies that support that. Could the homes on Fruit Street be a case study? You say that the LHD is the key to our financial future — tell us how that works. You say that historic windows are less costly than replacement windows — do the comparison shopping and show us. Tell us why installing storm windows (Yuck!) is better than alternatives.

    There’s a growing anti-LHD movement that I see building up steam, and unless the pro-LHD folks provide some objective information, stop referring to those who don’t understand, and therefore don’t agree with your viewpoint as lunatics, idiots, “dark siders,” etc., the easiest thing for City Council to do will be to leave the situation as it is, namely without an LHD.

  2. Here you go…and this is just a sampler:

    What benefits does cultural heritage tourism offer?

    Tourism is big business. In 2004, travel and tourism directly contributed $600 billion to the U.S.
    economy. Travel and tourism directly employs more than 7.3 million people and creates a payroll
    income of $162 billion and tax revenues of $100 billion for federal, state and local governments.
    (Source: Travel Industry Association of America/TIA, U.S. Dept of Commerce Office of Travel
    and Tourism Industries, World Tourism Organization)

    In addition to creating new jobs, new business and higher property values, well managed
    Tourism improves the quality of life and builds community pride.
    According to a 2003 national research study (The Historic/Cultural Traveler by the Travel Industry Association and Smithsonian Magazine) 81% (118 million) U.S. adults who traveled in 2002 were considered cultural heritage travelers. These travelers included historical or cultural activities on almost 217 million person trips last year, up 13 percent from 192 million in 1996.Visitors to historic sites and cultural attractions stay longer and spend more money than other kinds of tourists. Cultural and heritage visitors spend, on average, $623 per trip compared to $457 for all U.S. travelers excluding the cost of transportation. 30% of cultural heritage travelers report that their destination choice was influenced by a specific historic or cultural event or activity.
    (Source: 2003 The Historic/Cultural Traveler, TIA). Perhaps the biggest benefits of cultural heritage tourism, though, are diversification of local economies and preservation of a community’s unique character. -National Trust for Historic Preservation

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