A few Swamplot readers have been sending in pics of the “Stop Historic Districts” yard signs that have been up in the First Ward for the last few weeks, the vast majority of which — at our readers’ report — have shown a remarkable affinity for lots owned by real-estate firm Urban Living or its affiliates. The signs (including the one on Crockett St. between White and Silver shown above) have given voice to the otherwise silent former sites of older First Ward building stock, as they jettison their former inhabitants to make room for larger, glitzier, and generally taller new construction.
This coming Monday is the deadline for supporters of the proposed High First Ward historic district to get their ballots into the city — if they haven’t already turned them into Urban Living as raffle tickets for a $250 gift card at a “Property Rights Fair” held at the real-estate firm’s Washington Ave offices (see invite at right). For the historic district to be approved, owners representing 67 percent of the properties within the proposed boundaries would have to submit their ballots to the city indicating they support it. If that level is not reached, the city could redraw the district boundaries so that it matches up to that level of support — or give up on the effort altogether.
Here’s a brief photo tour of some of the lots, building sites, and future building sites silently picketing the historic-district effort in the dug-up-grass-roots campaign. On Shearn St., between White and Silver:
At the corner of White and Crockett:
At Silver and Crockett:
At Sabine and Shearn:
On Shearn at Silver St.:
And on Crockett between White and Henderson streets:
- Previously on Swamplot: Where a High First Ward Historic District Might Go
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