Topic

historic preservation

210 petitions

Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to communitycomments@lmsd.org

Save Stoneleigh from Condemnation

The Lower Merion School District has indicated it may use eminent domain to take Stoneleigh: a natural garden to build a new school and/or playing fields. Perhaps best known for the iconic hare sculpture located near the intersection of Spring Mill and County Line Roads in Villanova, Stoneleigh was the beloved home of the Haas family. Following the deaths of John and Chara Haas—whose ashes are scattered on the property—in an extraordinary act of generosity the estate of John Haas donated all of Stoneleigh to Natural Lands in 2016. The donation had a singular purpose: to open Stoneleigh up to the general public, so that everyone could enjoy this natural treasure free of charge.  The Lower Merion School District has previously stated its interest in condemning a 6.9-acre portion of Stoneleigh: a natural garden, so that it can build new ball fields. On April 18, the district sent a letter to Natural Lands stating that it wants to inspect the rest of the 42-acre Stoneleigh garden “in anticipation of a potential condemnation of all or part of the property.”  Natural Lands has told the District that we will fight, vigorously, any attempt at a taking.  Unfortunately, saying “no” to the School District will not be enough. We need your help to send a clear message to the School District: should the Lower Merion School District take Stoneleigh, it would rob the residents of Lower Merion and the broader region of a one-of-a-kind community treasure. Please sign this petition: Tell the Lower Merion School Board and Superintendent Robert Copeland that Stoneleigh must remain preserved so that its beauty is available for all to enjoy forever, and that they should look elsewhere for a location for a school and playing fields. Visit www.SaveStoneleigh.org and www.Stoneleighgarden.org to learn more.    

Kirsten Werner
34,070 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kate Gallego (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Thelda Williams (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Sal DiCiccio (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Jim Waring (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Michael Nowakowski (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Debra Stark (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Laura Pastor (Vice MayorCouncilwoman), Daniel Valenzuela (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Doug Ducey, Kimberly Yee, Greg Stanton, 668 North LLC, Lela Alston, Ken Clark, Katie Hobbs

Save the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center

Please find the latest update at https://www.phoenixchineseculturalcenter.com/ In June 2017, a local Scottsdale based True North Companies’ subsidiary purchased 97 Units of this commercial condominium units, and started its plan to remove all features connected with Chinese culture and history from the exterior of the buildings to create standard "modern" office buildings despite disagreement from another condominium owner. This would destroy an important piece of Arizona's history. We urge you to preserve our Chinese cultural heritage, Phoenix's only Chinatown. The Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center, also known as the COFCO center, was built by COFCO with help from community volunteers and donations from local Chinese immigrants with support from the City of Phoenix government. The Center was created according to the public art requirement by the City 20 years ago.  Special materials and supplies were brought from China, and skilled workers from China spent years making this one of the most beautiful Chinese Cultural Centers in North America. The names of donors are engraved in the Wall of Honor, and it has become a Phoenix landmark, and part of Arizona's history. For the last two decades, the Center has played an important role in the Valley of the Sun. Chinese New Year performances and celebrations have educated both tourists and locals about Chinese culture, and the garden and its artifacts are an important example of Chinese workmanship and cultural significance. While the new owner has recognized the historical importance of the Center, and has offered the garden artifacts, we want to save the entire Chinese Cultural Center. It would be impossible to fully disassemble and restore the center's heritage at another location. Conservation of culture and history encourages building strong relationships with the local community to address its needs; preserving the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center will benefit business and long-term development of the area, and maintain an important piece of Arizona's history. Please sign this petition to share your support for preventing the destruction of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.

Jennifer Yang
17,420 supporters