A new program for Historic Neighborhoods and a proposed grant for crosswalk safety enforcement are among the topics.
|Grant Neighbhorhood in Transition:|
The lawn and fountain at Broadway Commons;
across the street on Broadway, a renovated four-square house
|Do you remember before Broadway Commons?|
One of the tools in balancing the old and the new has been historic districts. Lately, though, they have seemed less popular because in return for tax breaks, they do impose on home and building owners additional fees and regulatory burdens. Both the Fairmount and Grant neighborhoods have said "No" to their creation recently. On the other hand, the Court-Chemeketa Historic District has stopped deterioration in the neighborhood and in many ways the restoration of the Buchner House is the poster for its success.