A long time ago the Galaxy Restaurant – not far away
Was slated for demolition, but remains empty to this day
Soon the Hollywood Theatre will have a new building adjacent
But is the building’s design compatible or complacent?
For now Storrs’ paraboloid remains hyperbolic
As Columbia River Crossing talks have become vitriolic
Lovers of old architecture are still stymied by demolition and deconstruction
Is it worth losing our history for a small tax deduction?
The sad loss in Richmond of a home known as Waverly
Means a new private park that doesn’t seem very neighborly
In Vista Brook and Oak Hills people swoon over Rummer
To diminish these neighborhoods would really be a bummer.
And as Buckman pursues their historic district
Design review fees have some neighbors ticked
On the South Waterfront there’s a vacant garage for the old Greyhound fleet
To see this building saved would certainly be a treat
The new Claybourne Commons will have an impact in Moreland
But the loss of The Woods is more than some can stand.
A surplus old library could see a new civic use
A shining star on the horizon in a neighborhood that’s withstood much abuse
Historic preservation myths abound about NIMBYs and Obstructionists
We’re really just lovers of the past not phony historicists
And what of the oldest buildings in our city so fair?
Hallock-McMillan and others – it’s great to know that people really do care
And oh yes, the Portland Plan is still on the table
With your help we’ll keep Preservation there – For as long as we are able
The Bosco-Milligan Foundation – Architectural Heritage Center
Wishes you a Happy New Year!