Q10: In your view, what more could be done to enhance heritage preservation efforts and educate stakeholders?
Promotion of the Texas Pool
More public notification, news articles, TV coverage
More publicity of events. Educate visitors of the new Legacy West area who may not know about downtown Plano, etc.
Continue the good work downtown, but try to preserve more buildings. More appealing signage for preservation areas. Bland, brown signs don’t really work to get people interested in visiting.
Information listed in Texas tourism Websites
Get more people interested in preserving the past that was built up from the farmers who came in covered wagons & bough lots of property. Many schools are named after these immigrants.
Informative, Educational opportunities for seniors interested with Plano Historic Preservation
Do not let 501c3 orgs take over historic sites and then the City washes their hands of it. Point at Texas Pool, where the City does not enforce maintenance standards or upkeep and the 501c3 who manages it has allowed it to become dilapidated.
Fund preservation efforts, promote involvement with the community.
City preservation experts connecting with potential historic sites to guide preservation and access to available support would be fantastic.
Create an area, like other nearby cities have, to collect historical buildings that cannot stay where they are, and convince the city that honoring our past is as important as cramming as many people as possible into the city.
Save the Cottonwood House! That would be a good start. It would show the resident that the city really wants to save history. If they don’t do that, they are just being hypocrites.
Tell them the real reason why the Mayor and city manager do not want to save Collinwood House
Get the city to care more about it’s heritage. It’s not just Downtown that matters. Be creative. Be innovative.
Online newsletter should be routinely published with info & updates allowing e-subscribers for free
Give a damn and don’t just assume developers are right.
People love Plano because it is Plano. If it continues to replace the old buildings and character with apartments and new development then the people will just go to another city. I don’t want to lose Plano to the idea that it can be made newer, bigger, better. Take a drive through Dallas then highland park. Yes Dallas is nice, but most of the people I know would rather live in the older beautiful home of highland park. You can’t replace character with flash. Eventually flash fades, but character lasts a lifetime.
Education of the public.
Emphasize a balance – everything old isn’t historic; changes will come regardless of nostalgia for the “good old days” and it’s not all bad.
Don’t allow greedy developers to change zoning
Fire Harry & Bruce. They really are anti-Plano with all their shenanigans.
Listen to the residents of the community regarding current preservation efforts.
More educational publicity of what is being done, what needs to be done, sent out to Plano residents in some form of communication on an ongoing basis. Know the cost of mailouts is too expensive and perhaps prohibitive – but the use of the City of Plano water bill statement info. Each month or like uses would get into public hands. Or a method of communication at public libraries be it a handout, flyer put out on all Libraries, public buildings might be a way of communication to public citizens – just any ways that can get public attention.
First I’m hearing of it. Glad someone is filling out these “great places to live” things…
Promote awareness, through events and awareness.
Ask the City Council members to be more involved
Publish what is needed, and how it can be achieved.
Publicity, maybe via TV or radio. Use of the Nextdoor social media app to alert residents to preservation efforts & further educate residents. I rarely use Facebook (and will use it even less in light of recent publicity), but maybe posts to Instragram (see Plano Profile feed – nice shots of local activities, restaurants, shopping areas – they do a nice job.) Something similar for historic Plano preservation efforts may be effective.
Buy-in from the community is crucial in the success of a project. First state the importance/reason. How does it benefit citizens? What is the future benefit? How can each project enhance the next project?
All the new construction of apartments are taking away our small town feel, specially on the east side. Address this.
I think given our history, I’d encourage some ways to centralize this historic areas. West Plano has nothing of note and that’s okay. Perhaps this is more of a county thing, but perhaps there is a way to tap into a Collin County history where I would expect there to be little difference amount towns/cities?
More outreach to neighborhoods
Fund restorations, educational information present @ historical sites
Educational opportunities in the public schools
Authenticated facts & education.
Trails should connect to our Historic Museums, Farmsteads, and other places to make them integral to the City’s recreation.
Using input from local and state heritage groups before deciding to demolish structures
Recognize that there is a conflict of interest when the Heritage Preservation Officer reviews City owned or City Partnered properties
Collinwood House. Mayor and City Mgr should listen to the Heritage Commission.
Save the Collinwood House on site.
See question 8.
More partnerships with corporations
Listen and ACT on the recommendations of the Heritage Commission…
Have a fair vote with reasonable dollar estimates on the preservation of the 1861 house
Recognize that City owned (and partnered) resources create a conflict of interest for the Heritage Preservation Officer
More information to the registered homeowner.
See media efforts above.
Communicate benefits of historic designation/conservation to residents of historic neighborhoods
I read the Plano paper and receive your e-newsletters, but I sense that most residents don’t. I am honestly not sure how you reach everyone to make the biggest impact on preservation – direct mail? The Community Impact paper? That doesn’t address younger crowd though.
Plano needs more partners. Other cities have big heritage partners that can carry the weight. Could have helped with Collinwood.
Mail out information….Facebook page
Start promoting it more. Make preservation a part of everyday life for the citizens of Plano.
Communicate, publicity; invite segments of the population who relate to the past uses to comment and explain relevance to progress.
Education to public, mailouts of what is being done and what needs to be accomplished. Pamphlets inside the City of Plano water bill – MARKETING TO YOUR CITIZENS! Many citizens are interested in history.
Find a way to make the history of Plano available to all residents. I think the newer residents and those in far west Plano are less likely to even know that Plano has a history.
That’s a tough question because people don’t share the same values. When the future population wants to learn from their past there won’t be anything to show for it if we don’t presently try to preserve it.
Make a historic and heritage preservation a priority, not a step-child.
Get city politicians and bureaucrats out of it. They have no real knowledge.
Current and recent past efforts have been amazing.
Regulate construction in historic areas to prevent and remove non-historic properties that bring down the neighborhood.
More public awareness.
It’s a hard job to convince doubters that preservation is in their financial best interest. Some historic owners just see it as a expensive government imposition. Wish we could solve that somehow!
Encourage more varied types of businesses downtown
Address deteriorating/aging shopping structures
“Mentor” new property owners – pair with established (& positive!) heritage property owners
Love workshops like this one, walking tours, and field trips for kiddos – other than Farm museum. There’s so much out there!
School children touring historic sites as required curriculum
Recognize the conflict of interest for heritage properties owned by the city or city partners (developers). There is a bias. The Heritage Preservation Commission officer is an employee of the city. I believe there is an unfair pressure placed on the HPO to please the city and keep his/her job.
Provide resources in Spanish. Promote public workshops more aggressively.
I think there is plenty already being done now!
Take heritage information to where people you want to reach gather
Events that appeal to 1) young singles (beer tents in historic areas, city scavenger hunts with party like atmosphere/mingling of singles), 2) young families (children related heritage events – hayrides, etc.)
Continue having workshops for property owners