Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources...
This Community site and many other activities of the HPLO reflect our goal serve as a "hub" for preservation in Oregon and to help connect the dots for the many ways that preservation benefits us culturally, environmentally, and economically.
Currently, we're talking with the Oregon Main Street program to see how the HPLO can strategically align our efforts with theirs, providing field services to help Main Street communities realize their revitalization. (Stay tuned for more information.) Our focus on Main Street parallels our Preservation Roundtable on "Healthy Historic Districts" and upcoming Special Report which will be published the end of September.
Philosophically, I'm reminded me how often we can feel resource-poor or depleted (always a challenge in the non-profit world!) and yet there may be a tremendous asset sitting right under our nose. For many communities, that's what their old historic main street represents: a valuable asset they don't quite recognize.
Often there are real gems underneath those plastered over, "modernized," neglected or abandoned facades that can translate into a cultural rebirth, jobs, and a new-old "heart" for the community. With some vision, collaboration, pride, fortitude, and programmatic support, these historic gems can shine once again - and the HPLO looks forward to playing a supporting role!