In recognition of National Historic Preservation Week May 3-9, the Lower Columbia Preservation Society will sponsor a lecture called "The Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Design Review and Effects on our Sense of Place."

The workshop is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Astoria Library Flag Room, 450 10th St.

Presenting the lecture is Astoria's Community Development Director, Todd Scott. It will include a discussion of building and neighborhood design, and how design review affects residents' sense of place and community.

According to Scott, these are important issues in a community." For instance, Scott suggests we ask ourselves: "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? What happens if one tall, old Victorian gets torn down and replaced with a short, low-to-the-ground, ranch house? Does it really matter that your neighbor's new garage now sticks out almost to the sidewalk and is the most prominent feature on his house? And what impact does the old department store have on downtown when it closes and is replaced by an establishment that bricks up the storefronts?"

Scott has been an advocate for better building design and compatibility since his time living in Oklahoma, and before his move to Oregon. During that time, he served as president of the Paseo Neighborhood in Oklahoma City, president and co-founder 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.

Those attending 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. Time will be allotted for questions.

The lecture is free for LCPS members and nonmembers. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Council for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call 338-5686.

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 visit the LCPS Web site at (


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