Preservation of Enders House is vital to Cazenovia’s history, future

Guest Column

We have to protect voraciously what we have and hold dear in our community and at the same time cultivate a visionary attitude towards new and re-development within our community. Retaining historic character, historic buildings, historic landscaping and historic settings (the physical fabric of what makes our community distinctive) is in every way consistent with sound development and re-development planning.

Sadly, American communities have, mostly since World War II, had an attitude that old is “bad” and new is “good.”

It is time to change that attitude; we know better now and several visionary community planning concepts such as the green movements, sustainability and New Urbanism are doing just that. Actually, those of us old enough to identify with 1960s and 70s historic preservation initiatives, see a strong irony in the concepts put forth as part of the New Urbanism and sustainability efforts.

Look closely and you will see that these two ideas are based 100 percent on the concepts and precepts established and promoted by the historic preservation efforts of the past 50 years. Nothing new under the sun that’s right; good ideas and concepts in a new set of clothes, fine — I’ll take it.

Cazenovia needs to take advantage of those visionary ideas and use them for the benefit of all of our community.

It is time that we embrace what we have and protect it, and use it as a seed for new and re-development plans in our community.

That means protecting what we have, working for successful re-use of existing resources and new development that is a plus to all aspects of our community.

The Enders House threat is not only a threat to the loss of one important historic resource, but it is endemic of speculative demolition and thus of how we look at ourselves and view our future. The old cliché “once it’s gone, it’s gone” could not be more true here.

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