|November 2015 newsletter|
|November 2015 newsletter|
Holy Smokes that seems like a crazy disproportion to the actual effect of bike racks. Is this really the bridge on which to make that last stand?
Briefly, here again is why the Conservancy's proposed location is not very good: There's not enough clearance on the alley.
|Detail from site plan above; red comments added;|
bike parking standards from Portland added as insert
|The alley is very tight in places, and bikes and riders|
could get clipped - via Gaiety Hollow
The reasons for the Conservancy's objection do not seem consistent with modifications at historic places we routinely make. And as we have said before:
[W]e constantly adjust things with non-contributing and non-historical details at historic houses: We permit wheelchair ramps at the Wiggins house, a modern elevator at Bush Barn, and countless wireless communication antennae on historic buildings all around town, like this set on the Livesley building. Compared to these alterations, bike racking hardly seems like a "violation of the historic integrity of the garden and restoration efforts." It would be in the front, anyway, and the business part of the garden is in the back yard.Bikes and bike racks are no more intrusive as "contemporary equipment" than cars, pickups, mowers, hedgers, power drills, and drip irrigation, all of which are important ingredients in contemporary maintenance and preservation at the museum.
It would be helpful to see a list of exactly what garden features would be harmed by bike racking. At present this is an abstract argument about "historic integrity," and it should at the very least be more specific about likely impacts to actual garden details and the home site.
|The foliage on the right of the driveway|
would be cleared for racking
under the first proposal that circulated
It can't be that difficult to find a place that works!
I suspect the alarm is more hyberbolic than not, perhaps even a proxy for some other element in a disagreement or dispute. It has, in truth, seemed like the conversion from residence to museum is good evidence for some of the ways our approach to zoning too often hinders interesting and valuable projects.
Back to the matter at hand, high quality bike parking should be automatic now, not a show-stopper and deal-breaker, and it is disappointing to see it a hostage in the development of the museum, house, and garden.
|Myrtle Card and Ernestine Levy in Salem, circa 1900|
(Detail, Oregon State Library)
To set bikes and historic preservation in opposition is a counterproductive stand-off. Hopefully this can get resolved soon!