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Living In A Historic District

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Some residents of Portland’s Buckman neighborhood have been trying to create a historic district there for several years, but some of their neighbors passionately reject the idea. The objections come from homeowners who are concerned about the fees, waiting periods and other bureaucratic hoops associated with the city’s historic review process, which regulates exterior changes to homes in Portland’s historic districts. The advocates of putting a portion of Buckman on the National Historic Registry argue that’s the only way to ensure residents have a say in future development projects in their neighborhood.

The organized opposition met the requirement of collecting notarized objections from more than 50 percent of the property owners who would be affected. But the group that organized around creating the historic district is still hoping to get a “designation of eligibility” from the National Parks Service so that they could create a district if the opposition recedes at some point.

Do you live in a district or building that’s been listed on the National Register of Historic Places? What do you like about it? What do you find challenging? Have you thought about trying to create a historic district where you live?

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