Week 5 Reading Questions

After this weeks readings, I was left wondering how architectural importance and cultural/social importance could be brought to the same level when making preservation decisions.  Kalven’s “The Right to the City” touches on the low income, high-rise apartments, but the real importance of his article is placed on the socioeconomic aspects of housing and preservation policies.  The cultural significance of Stonewall is given the greatest importance in the nomination form, with only a brief architectural description about the building.  And as I’m writing this, I have the awful question of if it’s worth the effort to preserve the physical fabric of a site if its history could be remembered in another way.

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