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How to do some historic preservation for the city you love

If you have an interest in preserving the history of the city you love, you can do something about it. And it may surprise you to find how easy it is.

No, you don't have to sit on a committee to argue about what should or shouldn't be done. There are a lot of people right now, sitting on committees, accomplishing nothing. I have no interest in those committees, although I've been invited to them.

Instead, you can do something. Start small, do what you can. I collect old photos of Phoenix, scan them in and share them on the internet. It's a small thing, but it's what I can do. I love Phoenix, and my hopes are that the photos will inspire people, maybe to not cut down every tree they see, or to bulldoze something because they had no idea what it was.

You can find out how things work. If you didn't pay attention in Civic Class in High School, it's not to late to learn how your local government works. I see a LOT of people, especially on Facebook, proclaiming their ignorance as loudly as they can, saying that they have no idea how all of this works. It makes me kinda sad.

So, as you can tell, I have no patience for people who just sit around and talk. I'm an old corporate guy, and I know that sitting around and talking about things usually accomplishes nothing. I'm a believer in action. I'd rather see someone doing something, however small, instead of just sitting around talking about how bad things are, and that someone else should do something about it.

If you're reading this, that's great. You may be thinking of things that you can do right now for historic preservation of the city you love. If you're not sure, then take a look on Facebook, and see what people are doing. Yes, some of it will make you wonder if people are "just in it for the money". And many people are. But many people do it for the love.

Image at the top of this post: The Title and Trust Building (now called the Orpheum Lofts) under construction in 1930. You're looking west on Adams from Central Avenue.

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