If your high school student is a burgeoning planner or
preservationist, take note!
Did you know that 2009 marks the 100th year of the American
planning movement? To celebrate
this milestone, the American Planning Association is giving high school
students the opportunity to win one of two $5,000 scholarships or ten $100 gift
certificates with a preservation-themed essay contest.
Students are invited to develop a historic preservation plan
to preserve “the most significant historic areas, buildings, elements, and
features” of their communities, and then submit an essay detailing that plan. Detailed instructions on how to
participate in the essay contest can be found on the APA’s website(http://www.planning.org/essay/2009/index.htm),
and the deadline for entry is January 15, 2009.
Buffalo Rising regularly covers planning and preservation
issues, so students who tune in regularly will already be in the right frame of
mind. Here are just a few of many Buffalo
Rising articles covering preservation and planning:
In the last of these articles, Roberta Lane of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation remarks on the high level of interest in
Buffalo in planning and preservation: “In Buffalo,
people from all walks of life are involved. In the media, in blogs, etc., there is an amazing obsession
with planning and preservation that’s unique. It’s not an echo chamber–not everyone thinks alike. But there’s a substantial level of
Buffalo is rich with history and architecture. The founder of landscape architecture
in America, Frederick Law Olmsted, called Buffalo “the best planned city.” Buffalo has a vibrant and active
preservation community, dedicated to preserving and sharing Buffalo’s rich
heritage of history and architecture.
People of all ages are involved.
It should be a shoo-in for someone in Buffalo to win this prize!
There are seven key steps to completing the project–for
details, see instructions online:
Explore your community’s history
Interview a preservationist
Interview a planner
Select your area of preservation
Determine threats to preservation
Explore options for how your historic area may be
preserved and how historic buildings and sites can continue to function
Write your essay
For starters, here are some links to resources for planning,
preservation, and local history in Buffalo:
Photo credits: Project for Public Spaces (entry), Rochester
Regional Community Design Center