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The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation

The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation, is a book written by Bill Schmickle that provides an in-depth analysis of the complex issues surrounding the creation and maintenance of historic districts. The book offers a practical guide for grassroots preservationists, including homeowners, community groups, and preservation advocates, who are interested in establishing or maintaining historic districts in their communities.

Schmickle begins the book by examining the history of historic preservation in the United States and how it has evolved over time. He discusses the role of government agencies, private organizations, and individuals in preserving historic buildings and neighborhoods, and the challenges that have arisen along the way. Schmickle also provides an overview of the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern the creation and management of historic districts, including the National Register of Historic Places, local zoning laws, and historic preservation commissions.

The author then delves into the politics of historic districts, exploring the various stakeholders involved in the process of creating and maintaining them. He discusses the conflicts that can arise between property owners, preservationists, developers, and local government officials, and offers strategies for navigating these challenges.

Throughout the book, Schmickle emphasizes the importance of grassroots activism in historic preservation. He provides numerous case studies of successful grassroots preservation campaigns, including the fight to save the historic district of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, from a proposed highway construction project. Schmickle also offers practical advice for community groups seeking to establish and maintain historic districts, including tips on fundraising, outreach, and community organizing.

The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation is an essential guide for anyone interested in historic preservation and community activism. Schmickle’s thorough analysis of the legal and political frameworks governing historic districts, combined with his practical advice for grassroots preservationists, makes this book a valuable resource for individuals and organizations seeking to preserve the historic character of their communities.

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