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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    USA Today article: Habitat building in historic district

    Aesthetics, assistance work well together
    Habitat for Humanity home blends into a historic district in Savannah

    new house is one of only two such homes in the USA, the first in a pilot program that is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) and the U.S. Area Office of Habitat for Humanity International. (The other house is in Rochester, N.Y., and a third groundbreaking is scheduled this spring in Washington, D.C.)

    "It's a perfect model in how we try to integrate new architecture into an urban environment," adds Scott Singeisen, chair of the Department of Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    Mark McDonald, executive director of the Historic Savannah Foundation, thinks so, too.
    HEADLINE: 'Neighborly' is the new way
    A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses is a guide architects and builders can use to construct a "neighborly" house in areas where Habitat for Humanity homes might not otherwise be welcome.

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    Would there be resistance in your communit if Habitat were to buld in your Historic District ? even if they followed this example ?

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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
    Jun 2003
    at the neighboring pub
    Of our five districts, I can think of only one (really rich) district that might oppose. It would be a moot case though, because that district has no empty properties and even if it did, Habitat would get called on the carpet for spending so much for the property when there is other, cheaper infill properties throughout the city.

    Habitat is building five houses right on the edge of one of our historic districts. When they broke ground, several folks from the district signed up as volunteers.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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