Deciding how to build a future


By: Emily Wiggin
Date: Sunday, Apr 18, 2004
Publication: Portsmouth Herald

The expression on Portsmouth's face is pensive - poised for change. New development is progressing at a rapid rate; the eyes of the city dart cautiously toward an unknown future, then return over and over to gaze on a comfortable past.

This growth spurt, although a positive economic indicator, contains a problem for many of the older cities of New England, whose downtown architecture recalls tales of towering figures of history, from Paul Revere to Samuel Adams. Although almost all agree that preservation is integral to maintaining the fabric of a city's history, architects, advocacy groups and historic district commissions struggle to find ways in which contemporary threads can be woven into the pattern.

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