historic preservation

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Petition to Dr. Chris Lowder, David Harrison, Carolyn Carpenter, Barry Shoemaker, Cindy Fertenbaugh, Vince Powell, Robert Walter, Bill Dusch, Brian Hiatt, Peter Franzese, Samuel Leder, W. Brian King, Ella Mae Small, Alfred M. Brown, Jr., Jennifer Parsley, John Sweat, Jr., J. Scott Padgett, Blake Kiger, Diane R. Honeycutt, Elizabeth “Liz” Poole, Lynn Shue, Stephen (Steve) Morris


CITIZENS AGAINST CLOSING CONCORD’S NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS   On December 11, 2017, the Cabarrus County Board of Education will vote on whether to close the doors of Beverly Hills Elementary School forever, and send its students to Royal Oaks Elementary in Kannapolis.  The proposal to close Beverly Hills Elementary foreshadows a disturbing trend toward sacrificing traditional neighborhood schools for overbuilt and overbudget “mega-schools.”   The Beverly Hills community is heartsick at the thought that we might lose our beloved elementary school.  The effect a closure would have on the children, their parents, and the neighborhood is appalling.  We — the Beverly Hills community — feel it is our responsibility to sound the alarm and warn our Concord neighbors who cherish R. Brown McAllister Elementary School and Coltrane Webb Elementary School: if our neighborhood school falls, yours WILL be next.     The FAQ section of the school board’s website contains this question: “Is the county trend toward bigger elementary schools and away from neighborhood schools?”  The school board’s answer: “To be good stewards of tax payer dollars and for the purposes of growth, the current plan size of an elementary school is around 940 students.”  In other words, “YES” – under the guise of financial responsibility, neighborhood schools are on the way out.  However, it is not financial responsibility that is the driving force behind closing neighborhood schools, but a general lack of imagination in planning, and a failure to recognize that a school is so much more than a building. Please sign this petition to let the Cabarrus County Board of Education and the Cabarrus County Commissioners know that Concord values its neighborhood schools, and our citizens will never accept any plan that locks the doors to our small neighborhood schools.    

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Petition to Knoxville City Council, Mayor Madeline Rogero

Give Parkridge an Up or Down Vote on Historic Overlay!

Knoxville City Council is considering an important zoning change for Parkridge Community in East Knoxville, Tennessee. The proposed zoning change has been a matter of debate for over two years now, and Parkridge residents want and deserve a conclusion to this long-drawn process. Here's the background: Edgewood-Park City National Historic District falls mostly within Parkridge Community in East Knoxville, Tennessee and is a nationally significant testament to Knoxville's urban development history, from an 1890s streetcar suburb to its height as a post-war textile mill community. 25 years after earning designation as a nationally significant historic district, Parkridge's East side remained unprotected by local historic zoning overlay, with absentee owners literally running Knoxville's history into the ground, collecting rents or sitting on real estate but making precious little investment back in the community.  Thirty-two structures were lost. Many more remain threatened by neglectful absentee landlords miles distant from the community and the disrepair, blight, and crime issues linked to vacant, blighted residences and lots. (Details here: Contrasting Parkridge East side's deterioration with the Parkridge West side's stability, neighbors recognized the disparity and worked to bring local historic zoning protections to stabilize the East side. Since May 2015, neighbors have diligently petitioned City leaders to consider the issue and idea of protecting more of the remaining homes in Parkridge East with the one residential zoning overlay with a proven track record of saving homes: H1. We refuse to relent in our fight against blight and the absentee landlords, banks, holding and "limited liability" corporations that own 56% of the properties in the area we sought to bring local historic overlay protection. Fast Forward to November, 2017 2.5 years later, across scores of volunteer hours, public meetings, discussions, study, debate and deliberation by multiple advisory groups, the matter finally came before City Council on November 7, 2017, when Council approved the zoning change on first reading. Council was set to vote again on November 21.  On November 14, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero intervened in the process, advising Council to table the issue indefinitely, citing a need for "further discussion" and that "heated discussion" has made civic leaders "uncomfortable." (See the Mayor's Statement). What We Need from You Please help us tell Mayor Rogero and City Council that "discomfort" comes with the job of being an elected official. In an era of continuing resolutions, extensions, and re-certifications, whatever happened to "The Buck Stops Here?" The residents of Parkridge have done their civic duty over the past 2.5 years.  Please help us tell Mayor Rogero and City Council that enough is enough: it's time for City Council to give Parkridge a resolution to this zoning question that has embroiled the Parkridge Community in debate for over 2.5 years now. Up or down - we've all done our jobs as citizens.  Now it's time for our elected officials to do theirs. Whether you agree with the zoning change or not - please let City Council know "discomfort" with debate is not a reason to abdicate leadership - help us demand: Give Parkridge an Up or Down Vote!

Tanner Jessel
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