At a time when the character and personality of Santa Cruz is under assault by greedy developers and monied interests seeking to gentrify and homogenize our city with a seemingly endless number of high-density, urban-inspired, high-rise building projects, the “Quote of the Week” that appeared in the March 2 issue of GT is appropriate and bears repeating: “There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here and there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the new business of saving communities and the values they embody.“
This is not the first time Santa Cruz has been under siege. The effort to industrialize the city in the early ’60s was thwarted. Plans to turn Lighthouse Field into a convention center were halted by citizen involvement. There is still plenty of Santa Cruz to save. We don’t have to stand by and watch it sold off to the highest bidder.
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