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Neighborhood Preservation Workshops
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The Boston Preservation Alliance’s Neighborhood Preservation Workshop was a pilot program that ran from 2009 to 2012. Its goals included engaging residents in Boston’s neighborhoods in learning about local historic buildings and places, to educate them about the array of tools available to help them care for these assets, and to support them as they take action to ensure their preservation. Additionally the program sought to offer support in integrating historic preservation into community development and planning. The program provided a forum for residents to voice their needs and priorities regarding historic resources, and to foster connections between communities and the agencies and organizations that can work with them to achieve their goals.

The program brought community members from four neighborhoods—Highland Park in Roxbury, Upham’s Corner in Dorchester, East Boston, and Allston Village—together for a series of workshops. These workshops led to Neighborhood Preservation Priorities Reports, which identified advocacy, technical, or financial assistance needs. It’s important to note that these reports are far from inclusive of all significant historic resources in the neighborhood. Don’t assume properties not noted are therefore not worthy of preservation! Nonetheless, these reports provide an important snapshot in time and window into these neighborhoods and their self-described preservation priorities and concerns at that time.

Download and share the four reports, which are attached. 

We thank The National Trust for Historic Preservation and corporate underwriters The Beal Companies and Trinity Financial for their financial support that made this program possible.

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City of Boston Archives The City Archives houses and manages historic City records and documents that are no longer in active use, including photographs, plans, deeds, maps and other documents. You’d be surprised by the wide range of historic materials that can inform your understanding of the history of Boston and its neighborhoods and buildings.
Inspectional Services Department (ISD) The ISD enforces building and housing regulations. Permits applications for building, modifying, or demolishing a building are submitted to this department. Vacant and foreclosed properties are registered with the ISD, which includes documentation and photographs.
Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) The BPDA is Boston's planning and economic development agency. They work with other City departments and organizations on a wide range of planning and development initiatives. Development projects are subject to comment periods and public processes. The BPDA plays a far reaching role in shaping the City.
Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) The Boston Landmarks Commission, along with the volunteer local Historic District Commissions, serve as the City’s steward of Boston’s historic buildings, places, and neighborhoods. The BLC and the Commissions are part of the city’s Environment Department, provide information and assistance concerning the regulatory process, historic preservation planning, archaeology, sources for historical information, and technical assistance.
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