Historic Recognition as an Advocacy Tool

Presenter:  Robert Graham, Motley Design Group, LLC

Historic properties are frequently threatened by those who want to demolish or alter them without regard to their value to the community. If the property is not listed on the national, state, or local historical registers, many misunderstand the lack of listing to mean that the property is “fair game” for redevelopment or that the community is indifferent to its value. This discussion will explore ways that the National Register process can be used as an advocacy tool, sometimes without regard to an owner’s assent to listing of a property, by highlighting preservation efforts along Phoenix’s historic lower Grand Avenue corridor.