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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 03:46:35 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

With the feverish amount of development forging ahead in and around the City of Menlo Park, this may be a good time, if not long overdue, to take a look at the benefits of establishing a HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD, COMMITTEE OR COMMISSION. The majority of medium to large size cities in California along with many of the California counties already do this, some for decades.

Why should one bother LOOKING and understanding the history of well established homes or businesses? If in doubt, consider asking your neighboring cities, or internally from your own Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA). Appreciation for the past can add special insight into the future. A city's roots, that is, its past can provide ideas, guidance, culture and heritage. Appreciation for the way things were done can inspire, educate and guide us into the future.

To the north, Redwood City has a Historic Resources Advisory Committee, http://www.redwoodcity.org/about-the-city/history/history-resources/historic-peservation-resource-library

To the south, the City of Palo Alto has long had an Architectural Review Board, coupled with an active program for preservation, http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/preservation.asp.

It's great to enthusiastically be looking to the future, but it is also wise to look back for a variety of reasons. Having a group to advocate, focus on and advise in this regard is a worthy and timely goal.


Jim Lewis
Received on Tue Aug 01 2017 - 00:49:24 PDT

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