As advocate for neighborhoods
not designated but meriting protection, we advise community
groups that come to us because they are seeking historic designation.
An HDC staff member
meets with them in their neighborhoods to talk about what designation
means and advises them how to proceed. Later, a committee of HDC
tours the proposed district on foot, taking notes and photographs.
With that information, we make concrete suggestions and then counsel
groups on how to apply for designation, on what kind of research
is necessary and how to get it done. We always stress the importance
of community support and help local groups obtain it.
Sometimes HDC initiates the designation process itself, usually
in nonresidential areas that do not have local community leaders.
In those cases, HDC sponsors the work that would otherwise be done
by a community group.
We also sponsor applications to State and National Registers of
Historic Places. Listing on these Registers often helps move the
designation process forward at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
To preserve the integrity
of the Landmarks Law, we monitor behavior of city government
and the LPC, taking issue with actions and policies when we feel
we should. HDC testifies before the City Planning Commission, the
Art Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals and the City
Council, usually on the effect a proposal would have on historic