point of preservation

by Sydney Franklin

An older district in an American city is often seen only in terms of its current condition. It may be viewed as a collect on of neglected structures and businesses with little to offer. However, this perspective overlooks much that has value. To fully appreciate an older historic district, we must consider its current status with in the context of time and look both at its past and its future. As we recognize its richness by looking back in time, we are able to better understand its potential as we look forward. Perhaps William Faulkner stated it most succinctly when he said, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." - Historic Preservation, Norman Tyler