In recognition of National Historic Preservation Week (May 3-9), the Lower Columbia Preservation Society sponsors a free lecture, "The Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Design Review and Effects on Our Sense of Place" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at the Astoria Public Library's Flag Room, 450 10th St..

Astoria's Community Development Director Todd Scott presents the lecture, including a discussion of building and neighborhood design and how design review affects our sense of place and community.

Scott suggests residents ask themselves, "What is it about our community that makes it special? How much does the physical design of the built community affect the way others and we perceive this place?" Scott has been an advocate for better building design and compatibility since living in Oklahoma before his move to Oregon. He served as president of the historic Paseo Neighborhood in Oklahoma City, president and cofounder of The Criterion Group, an Oklahoma City preservation advocacy group that encouraged neighborhoods to become involved in preserving their historic resources, State Architect for the Oklahoma Main Street Center, and as the Historic Preservation Officer for Oklahoma City.

Attendees will learn how design review can provide economic opportunity for developers, and at the same time preserve the sense of place in historic neighborhoods and downtowns.

The Lower Columbia Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "preserve, protect and promote the historic architecture in the Lower Columbia region." For membership information and updates on this and other LCPS-sponsored events, visit the LCPS Web site at


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