The most challenging thing about working towards a Bella Vista Street Historic District has been overcoming my abundant fear of failure and really working with my neighbors. Many of the homeowners of Bella Vista have been here for 30 years or more so there are rhythms and norms that I’m new to, as a recent buyer on the street. I’m also instinctually shy and would prefer not to knock on doors or have potentially awkward conversations. And finally, while I LOVE electronic communication, that just doesn’t work for many of my neighbors. But I not only believe in this project — I believe in the people who live here, as well as their right to either support or oppose this measure. So I’ve come out of my house (and my shell) to talk to my neighbors. I’ve produced three written updates and have had entirely positive responses from all the homeowners so far. We will see if this changes as the process continues.
I’ve targeted a historic designation by June 2019. Fingers crossed that we get there! If you want to do preservation work, plan on doing lots of communication like this.