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The worst thing in politics is to be right and to lose. This how-to guide will give citizens who are fighting to designate a local historic district the political know-how to win the support of fellow residents and city hall. Everything is here: learning to think politically, mastering the political process; planning and strategy; campaign organizing and leadership; framing a practical vision; anticipating and handling the opposition; conducting community meetings; skirmishing with property rightists; managing issues, petitions, and public opinion; dealing with public officials; strategizing for public hearings; and winning the vote for district designation. The Politics of Historic Districts is an indispensable resource whose practical, hands-on lessons are informed by extensive research and the author's own experiences in winning a district designation, chairing a historic preservation commission, and teaching political science. By showing how and why communities make political decisions to designate historic districts, Bill Schmickle encourages preservationists to ignore the traditional tensions between preservation and political action and points the way to a fuller understanding of the politics that shape local historic districts.
Chapter 1 Introduction: What D'ya Know? Chapter 2 1. Before You Take Another Step Chapter 3 2. Thinking Politically about Historic District Designation Chapter 4 3. How It Starts Chapter 5 4. A Walk through the Designation Process Chapter 6 5. On Planning and Strategy Chapter 7 6. Our Strategic Line: A Community in/ within Conflict Chapter 8 7. Makers, Breakers, Takers, and Shapers: The Political Field of Play Chapter 9 8. Leadership and Organization Chapter 10 9. Working with Shapers Chapter 11 10. A Practical Vision Chapter 12 11. Thinking Politically about Design Guidelines Chapter 13 12. It's Personal Chapter 14 13. Sticks & Stones Chapter 15 14. The Campaign Kickoff Chapter 16 15. Community Meeting Arrangements Chapter 17 16. Your Community Presentation Chapter 18 17. FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 19 18. Thinking Politically about Q&A: The Moving Pattern of Opponents' Challenges Chapter 20 19. Our Reframing Q&A Strategy Chapter 21 20. Answering Opposition Questions I: From "Distrust of Them" to the "Pivotal Shift" Chapter 22 21. Answering Opposition Questions II: From the "Pivotal Shift" to "Distrust of Us" Chapter 23 22. Skirmishing with Radical Property Rightists Chapter 24 23. Petition Politics Chapter 25 24. Reaching Out to the Opposition Chapter 26 25. Moving on to City Hall Chapter 27 26. Behind-the-Scenes Intelligence Chapter 28 27. Working with the Press Chapter 29 28. A Civic Vision Chapter 30 29. The Politics of Public Hearings Chapter 31 30. A Conversation with a Lobbyist Chapter 32 31. A Checklist for One-on-One Meetings Chapter 33 32. Our Public Hearing Presentation Chapter 34 33. The Politics of Compromise Chapter 35 34. Winning the Vote