One in five buildings are designated historic in DC. These apartment buildings on the 4300 block of Harrison Street NW were recently considered. We need to be more strategic. Image from the Historic Preservation Office.
The District of Columbia is undoubtedly a historic place and we should protect that history. However, currently 19.4% of DC’s buildings are marked historic in some fashion. For a growing city without enough homes and affordable homes, this seems like a lot, especially compared to other historic cities (Philadelphia 2.2%, Boston 7.4%).
After talking with affected neighbors and stakeholders over the last year, we have some ideas about what can change which you can read here. It’s clear that our system needs reform. Too often the good intentions of our current processes are abused by groups who are more concerned about preventing any and all change to their neighborhood.
We hear the mayor and DC councilmembers are considering ideas, but they need to hear from you.