Monday, March 2, 2009

Reaffirmation of Blagden Alley Naylor Court historic designation.

Yesterday the Historic Preservation Office of the DC Government released their updated inventory of Washington Historic properties and sites. The alley community needs to keep this designation in the forefront of their minds whenever any thought of development within the Naylor Court Alley is raised for discussion. It’s very simple - these properties are protected by law.

The destruction of the 1863 stable and its 1868 home that was allowed to occur over the past July 4th 2008 weekend must not happen again. The community cannot be apathetic; neither can it relax its sense of vigilance. The information about alley protection is in the public domain and needs to become learned as community knowledge. The historic alleys no longer pose the urban threat to the city that they once did. The old mindset of government, architects and urban planners is hard to influence, but 50 years from now, others will be grateful that some in the past could see far enough ahead into the future to fight for a dream that they themselves will not live to see realized.

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