Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Historic Amnesia

Councilman Andrew Macdonald has been talking a lot about historic preservation lately.

The Growler is all in favor of this but is a little put out that he usually forgets to mention Parker-Gray. The latest lapse was in an Alexandria Times editorial:

"Although Alexandria is recognized as one of the oldest and better-preserved colonial seaport communities in the nation, it’s really a town composed of many slightly younger historic neighborhoods, including Rosemont, Del Ray, Parkfairfax, Warwick Village (now about 50 years old), and, yes, portions of upper King Street that are now slated for imminent demolition." (Alexandria Times, December 29-January 6)
Parker-Gray has homes dating from the late 19th century, including some built in the years immediately after the Civil War. What does it take to get respect around here?

Repeat after the Growler:

The Parker-Gray Historic District was established in 1984 and is one of only two regulated historic districts in Alexandria.

The Parker-Gray Historic District was established in 1984 and is one of only two regulated historic districts in Alexandria.

The Parker-Gray Historic District was established in 1984 and is one of only two regulated historic districts in Alexandria.

The Parker-Gray Historic District was established in 1984 and is one of only two regulated historic districts in Alexandria.

Grrrrrrrrr .... !!