Tell them we want our next Mayor to prioritize preserving and protecting our city’s history, its landmarks, and the character of our neighborhoods.
Full Petition Text:
We, the undersigned residents of the diverse communities of New York City, feel it is imperative that our next Mayor prioritize preserving and protecting our city’s history, its landmarks, and the character of our neighborhoods. Historic preservation contributes immeasurably to what makes our city great–-our shared and varied heritages, our distinct sense of place, and the livability of our communities.
Well-preserved neighborhoods, historic districts and landmarks spur economic development, attract investment, tourists, and businesses, and provide affordable homes to thousands of New Yorkers. Historic preservation supports the creation of new jobs and new housing–-market rate and affordable-–through both new construction and adaptive reuse. Preservation provides a framework for managing change throughout the city’s designated resources. While sometimes wrongly dismissed as a tool to stop development, our city’s historic districts continue to see change, growth, and demolition. The difference is that these areas have established processes in place to that support context-sensitive development.
The next Mayor of New York has many pressing issues to tackle, from social justice and equity, to housing, jobs, infrastructure, and much more. Preservation will contribute to all these efforts, by celebrating untold histories, providing stable homes, and offering opportunities for investment. Our next Mayor can and must address our city’s critical needs while protecting our city’s history, its landmarks, and the character of its neighborhoods. Doing so will ensure a brighter future for all New Yorkers.
Sign on to let our future mayor know you want to protect and preserve our city’s history — and please share this petition.
- Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
- Historic Districts Council
- Landmark West!
- The Municipal Art Society of New York
- New York Landmarks Conservancy
- Village Preservation
Learn more about these organizations and get involved here.