FREE SPEECH ZONE | Dispersing the Historic Preservation Commisssion in Minneapolis

 I’m deeply concerned about the recent reorganization of the Department of City Planning Economic Department (CPED) and the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC). The integrity of the HPC is critical in assessing historic assets. While the intention to divide the HPC staff among the three remaining CPED teams may be in earnest, the consequences of diminishing this separate advisory board will be disastrous for historic preservation.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. The opinions expressed in the Free Speech Zone and Neighborhood Notes, as well as the opinions of bloggers, are their own and not necessarily the opinion of the TC Daily Planet.Since the inception of the HPC in 1972 they have successfully protected over 100 landmarks, from the Foshay Tower and Orpheum Theater, to the Philander Prescott House in far south Minneapolis, to the Baker-Emerson house over north to twelve historic districts that preserve countless assets. Continue Reading