Sometimes it’s not what is said but what is not said. This goes for the Daily News especially. It’s not what has been written but what has been left out.
The Mayor made it very clear that historic preservation and the expansion of the local historic district ordinance would play important pivotal roles in the new administration. The Paper? Not a word. I said to myself, surely there is a mention on the Opinion Page. Not a word spared.
It is clear that reflects the stony silence from the Dark Side. And no, I don’t fault the fine journalists old and new at the Paper of Record*. I fault principal players in the editorial staff who are against historic preservation. It is clear that for the time being, the dark siders will be laying low for a while waiting for their chance to shoot down any efforts for protecting the city from self-serving developers and homeowners.
If the Historical Commission, the Local Historic District Study Committee and the Preservation Trust think it’s time to celebrate they will be in for a rude awakening later in the year. Now is the time to take notice and work aggressively toward solid preservation goals.
The war has begun and just because it hasn’t been verbalized or written down does not mean it hasn’t been declared.
A General is not an army. Mayor Holaday has proclaimed the leadership goal. It’s up to us to fill the ranks.
* Note the fine expose on the city’s restoration, Port in Progress, which is also available in book form.