historical preservation

21 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Aiken County Council, S.C. Department of History & Archives

Stop Exploitation Of Vaucluse History

Unchecked development is threatening the destruction of three historically significant buildings in the center of Vaucluse, South Carolina. Dating to 1904, these three contributing structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Vaucluse Mill Historic District. This designation commemorates the integral role of Vaucluse and its hard-working families in the development and growth of the textile industry as a cornerstone of South Carolina's turn-of-the-20th-century economy. Already, one of the buildings has been destroyed by profiteering developers. Two other buildings are in the crosshairs of demolition. -- including a tiny U.S. Post Office and another building that served as a theater in the 1920s, showing films of Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn and other icons from Hollywood's silent-film era. These iconic buildings are now threatened by Atlanta-based developers, operating under the guise of a "non-profit" historical trust. The plan is to build ultra-modern commercial properties under the New Urbanism philosophy that will directly profit from the destruction of history and dilute and forever poison the cultural character of South Carolina's oldest remaining mill village. This brand of development also promotes gentrification and could force out of the village many lower- to middle-class descendants of families who have lived here for generations.  SAVE VAUCLUSE respectfully asks to Aiken County Council and the County Administration and the South Carolina Department of History & Archives to immediately block the wanton destruction of these historically-vital buildings and demand responsible plans that incorporate the existing historic buildings into future development. 

Save Vaucluse
184 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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Grant Historical Status to the First Baptist Church of Venice— No Change of Use

DIR-2017-1895-CDP-MEL-1A No Change of use for 685-687 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA 90291 The First Baptist Church of Venice located at 685-687 Westminster Avenues is 109 years old and the first spiritual and social refuge space for African Americans fleeing extreme racism dynamics in the South. This historical spiritual community space was fraudulently sold and is now under the danger of being reduced to a private home for a single multi-millionaire family. Venice, CA is in a state of "hyper-gentrification." The once vastly racially and economically diverse community is quickly becoming a homogeneous playground for the rich. Gentrification is not a force of nature. It is not the result of natural ebb & flow of social migration. It is the result of coordinated policies and ingrained procedure. From racial covenants, redlining, gang injunctions, the crack epidemic of the 80s/90s, to selectively enforced broke windows policies, the Black and Brown community of Venice has endured many aggressions since it was founded in the early 1900s. We need YOUR help. We are working to have First Baptist Church property restored to its original function as a community space and for Los Angeles CD 11 Councilman Mike Bonin to keep his word to save the church, and also in continue on to the second phase of the path set by former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter to designate the First Baptist Church of Venice/E.L. Holmes with historical status.   Some Quick Facts The First Baptist Church of Venice space has been a community spiritual space, refuge, and institution for over 109 years. In 2000 the intersection of Westminster Ave & 7th Ave in Venice was designated as a permanent ceremonial location and named Bishop E.L. Holmes Square after the longtime pastor of the First Baptist Church of Venice. The church property was illegally sold by pastor Horace Allen. The charlatan pastor then sold it to Jay Penske, son of automotive billionaire Roger Penske, and his wife. The congregation filed a lawsuit against charlatan pastor Horace Allen for the illegal sale of the First Baptist Church. The lawsuit is still pending. In August Councilman Mike Bonin promised to help save the First Baptist Church of Venice. To date he has been silent and a no-show in keeping his word to help us. No Change of use Status for 685-687 Westminster Ave!

Mike Bravo
498 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Council Bluffs city council

ConAgra Plant 9th Ave Rezoning – Hold decision to rezone to allow discussion

ConAgra is requesting the City of Council Bluffs rezone the property (Between 4th Street and 3rd Street, South of 9th Avenue) North of their facility from R-3 low density multi-family residential to I-3 industrial use. The City Planning Commission hearing on this issue took place on 4/10/18. Only residences and businesses within 200 feet of land in question of this rezoning request were notified of this request to rezone. Neighbors directly across and within the Gibraltar neighborhood did attend and spoke in opposition, however, the city planning commission approved the motion to recommend rezoning to the city council. The concern and purpose of this petition is to request the Council Bluffs City Council work with the neighborhood to come up with a plan to include Attractive brick and wrought iron style fence along 3rd Street & Northeast end of 9th Avenue Green buffer space with landscaping along 9th Avenue & Northeast end of 3rd Street Wall: concrete, brick or mural behind green space buffer at North end of plant to hide the trucks, cars or otherwise which support plant operations. A wall for mural painting of local artists along the South 3/4th of 3rd Avenue Any new buildings be painted as brick or a brick facade Existing buildings to be painted as brick or a brick facade within 5 years As additional information comes in from the surrounding area, these request may change to better suit the needs and requests of the neighborhoods, art and downtown areas. In addition, Neighbors with the Gibraltar and Fairmount Park neighborhood are driving and leading engaging people to get involved in this discussion and attend the City Council meetings.   City Council meeting dates on this topic. We need your support at these meetings. o  First Reading – 7 P.M. on May 7th, 2018 o  Second Reading/Hearing – 7 P.M. on May 21st, 2018 o  Third Reading – 7 P.M. on June 7th, 2018 City Hall City Council Chambers 209 Pearl St. - Second Floor Council Bluffs, IA 51503   For additional information on this, please go to

Alicia Brady
11 supporters