Laura Dabb has a turn as a Richmond Times-Dispatch guest columnist today with Zoning Overlay: Church Hill North Area Deserves Old and Historic District Label.
From the column:
In 2007, as we celebrate the 400th birthday of Jamestown and the Richmond region, we are also observing the 50th anniversary of the City of Richmond’s first Old and Historic District. Since creating the St. John’s Old and Historic District in 1957, along with the establishment of the Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) to administer and protect the area, the City Council has gone on to create 13 additional districts and numerous individual historic sites, bringing a total of 2,600 properties under the custodial eye of the CAR.
Our neighborhood started as an ethnically and economically diverse community, and its current inhabitants still reflect the original population. We have not been as fortunate at retaining our infrastructure. Many buildings, vacant lots, and green spaces are now endangered and need our stewardship. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. With an Old and Historic District in place, we can revitalize our community through responsible growth while protecting the historic charm and beauty that makes Church Hill North such a desirable place to live.