Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Our city has an appalling record when it comes to the preservation of its historic buildings.

If New Albany is to retain any of its warmth, uniqueness and character, the practice of allowing a historic building to deteriorate is unacceptable.

Despite the stated commitment to planning initiatives, particularly downtown, to protect our history and architecture, historic buildings are still being demolished and significantly altered.

As a result of poor planning and a pitiful commitment to historic preservation, New Albany has a seriously depleted inventory of older buildings, which are the very foundation of the character of our city.

We must redouble our efforts to protect, preserve and restore the ones we have left.

A real commitment to preserving historic building exist in actions, not in empty, unenforced planning rhetoric.

The alternative is a sterile community that is indistinguishable from any of the other cookie cutter cities in Indiana.