Friday, March 31, 2017

We need more young people to step up and get involved in this little City of Lake Worth.

The City of Lake Worth needs more young people to get involved, especially the Millennials. This City is ever-evolving and a very unique place. I’m beginning to see new faces at City Commission meetings but it’s just not enough of an “emerging engagement” as a preservation expert is quoted later in this blog post:

It’s at the city level that you make decisions affecting preservation.

One by one the old tired arguments in this City from yesteryear are being forgotten and that space is filling up with new ideas and new visions for the future:
 
Picture taken in 2016, just prior to the City’s Street Painting Festival. Shortly thereafter, some with money to burn returned to start over an old, tired argument from 2013. But elections, however, are one way to put an entirely new perspective on things.

“Closer to home, he [historic preservation consultant Donovan Rypkema] said, research indicates U.S. young people are showing an ‘emerging engagement’ in preservation efforts. [emphasis added] He also noted a trend among leaders in ‘knowledge industries,’ including digital entrepreneurs, who are eager to house their companies in restored buildings.
     Early in his talk, he emphasized how the success of preservation efforts often hinges on local activists working within their communities to influence policy-makers.
     ‘It’s at the city level that you make decisions affecting preservation,’ he said.”
Quote from this article in the Palm Beach Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet) dated January 14th, 2017 by reporter Darrell Hofheinz.

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