Open Mic: Do you feel it’s important for towns to invest in historical preservation?
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Editor’s note: Open Mic is a video series by the Summit Daily News. Each video will pick a topic of interest, with reactions from locals and visitors on the matter. A print version can be found in Monday’s Views section.
The National Historic Preservation Act was established in 1966 to preserve historic heritage for future generations. States like Colorado provide incentives to local governments and owners such as grants or tax credits for restoration, rehabilitation or preservation of historic properties or structures. Towns such as Breckenridge, with its historic district, closely guard remnants of its beginnings in the mining boom. We asked visitors and locals, do you feel its important for towns to invest in historic preservation?
Melanie; part-time Breckenridge resident
“I think it’s very important that they maintain the historical places here in Breckenridge. It’s part of the reason why my husband and I have bought here, because we love it.”
Robin Wilkinson; Dallas, Texas
“I think it’s very important for towns to put money into preserving the historical sites. It’s fun to go and visit them and I think it’s important for the kids to see as well.”
Spencer Bonds; Mobile, Alabama
“I think historical preservation could be a benefit in that your protecting against corporations that might be coming in to exploit something historical and just to profit off of it, but I think something that we tend to forget is that when we preserve these historical things it also kind of closes the door on possibly new opportunities.”
“My buddy Spencer and I just had a great time riding on this beautiful mountain, and I feel that the more that we can preserve what I just rode, the better, because I’ll get to ride it the same way for longer, and I think Vail’s conscious of that and that’s a good thing.”
Sean O’Hara; Breckenridge
“It’s definitely good to preserve a lot of the cool stuff that they have around here, like all of the old mining history. … I think it could be cool to limit tourism by preserving things instead of knocking it all down and building giant condominiums like Vail wants to.”
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