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House of the Setting Sun: New Orleans, Katrina, and The Role of Historic Preservation Laws in Emergency Circumstances
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while various government bodies scrambled to address the myriad tragedies and emergencies that arose from the disaster, one critical question went largely unanswered and ignored: What ...
Demolition by Neglect: Repairing Buildings by Repairing Legislation
One of the biggest problems today facing communities with historic preservation ordinances is delinquent owners who don’t have the will or the finances to maintain their historic properties and landmarks. Historic preservation ...
If They Can Raze it, Why Can't I? A Constitutional Analysis of Statutory and Judicial Religious Exemptions to Historic Preservation Ordinances
In 1996, America almost lost a great piece of its history. The Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, located in Los Angeles, was in danger of being destroyed. The "Baroque-inspired Italianate structure" was completed in 1876 by ...
Plenty of Bark, But Not Much Bite: Putting Teeth Back into Historic Preservation Enforcement in D.C.
Washington, D.C. has one of the largest inventories of protected historic buildings of any city in the United States. Over 25,000 structures stand within the city's borders that are either individually landmarked or ...
Economic Hardship and Historic Preservation of Non-Profits: Balancing Individual Burden with Community Benefit
This paper will examine how a number of jurisdictions treat the takings standard for non-profit organizations, and will suggest ways of clarifying and improving the law. Part I discusses Penn Central, which sets the high ...
Is an Exemption from Historic Preservation Designation for Religious Institutions Needed in the District of Columbia?
In December 2007, the District of Columbia's Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), in a unanimous decision, landmarked the Third Church of Christ Scientist, built by the firm of famous architect I.M. Pei in 1970, ...
Climate Changing the Past in the Present: Historic Preservation Policy Recommendations to Facilitate the Biden Administration's Whole-of-Government Approach to Climate Change
Climate change is one of the greatest crises facing present and future generations. This present and future mindset, however, often neglects the need to ground climate change policy in the past by promoting historic preservation.
Improving Historic Preservation Enforcement in the District of Columbia
Within the past few years, the creation of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has been an important change in the District of Columbia government. OAH is viewed by many as an innovative government agency that ...