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The Politics of Historic Districts : A Primer for Grassroots Preservation - Bill Schmickle

The Politics of Historic Districts

A Primer for Grassroots Preservation

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Published: 22nd March 2013
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The worst thing in politics is to be right and to lose. This how-to guide will give citizens who are fighting to designate a local historic district the political know-how to win the support of fellow residents and city hall. Everything is here: learning to think politically, mastering the political process; planning and strategy; campaign organizing and leadership; framing a practical vision; anticipating and handling the opposition; conducting community meetings; skirmishing with property rightists; managing issues, petitions, and public opinion; dealing with public officials; strategizing for public hearings; and winning the vote for district designation. The Politics of Historic Districts is an indispensable resource whose practical, hands-on lessons are informed by extensive research and the author's own experiences in winning a district designation, chairing a historic preservation commission, and teaching political science. By showing how and why communities make political decisions to designate historic districts, Bill Schmickle encourages preservationists to ignore the traditional tensions between preservation and political action and points the way to a fuller understanding of the politics that shape local historic districts.

Introduction : what d'ya know? -- Before you take another step -- Thinking politically about historic district designation -- How it starts -- A walk through the designation process -- On planning and strategy -- Our strategic line : a community in/within conflict -- Makers, breakers, takers, and shapers : the political field of play -- Leadership and organization -- Working with shapers -- A practical vision -- Thinking politically about design guidelines -- It's personal -- Sticks and stones -- The campaign kickoff -- Community meeting arrangements -- Your community presentation -- FAQs : frequently asked questions -- Thinking politically about Q&A : the moving pattern of opponents' challenges -- Our reframing Q&A strategy -- Answering opposition questions I : from "distrust of them" to the "pivotal shift" -- Answering opposition questions II : from the "pivotal shift" to "distrust of us" -- Skirmishing with radical property rightists -- Petition politics -- Reaching out to the opposition -- Moving on to city hall -- Behind-the-scenes intelligence -- Working with the press -- A civic vision -- The politics of public hearings -- A conversation with a lobbyist -- A checklist for one-on-one meetings -- Our public hearing presentation -- The politics of compromise -- Winning the vote.

ISBN: 9780759114098
ISBN-10: 0759114099
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 22nd March 2013
Publisher: University Press of America