Best for NYC: Best Practices

by Don Friedman on November 17, 2015

I’ve discussed how we see the preservation of existing buildings (whether they are designated as “historic” or not) as related to the preservation of communities. I make no claim that this is a particularly original idea – we didn’t invent it, but we are trying to put it into practice thorough our work. Here is an interesting essay on the topic. I like the whole article, but one paragraph particularly resonates with me:

By nature, historic cities are often functionally and socially mixed, supporting a wide range of complementary activities and embodying multiple cultural values. Historic cities were vibrant, convivial and inspiring, and many have proved to be supremely adaptable to incremental and harmonious change. And interestingly, people are typically at the heart of the best heritage conservation policies and projects, placing an emphasis on ownership of heritage that can strengthen the social fabric and enhance social well-being.

If that’s not a good description of the thinking behind the Best for NYC Challenge, I don’t know what is.

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