Our View: Battle over Brickelltown is over
Call it progress. Call it desecration. Through whichever lens you look, there is no common ground on the demolition of Truckee’s historical, yet dilapidated, structures.
In recent weeks the development on Jibboom Street and two structures in the Brickelltown district have been fodder for some interesting Town Council meetings and coffee shop debates. And now that the deed has been done, Truckee must move forward in its quest to retain its heritage while still striving to become a first-class community.
As the oldest-serving business in Truckee, the Sierra Sun supports preserving our history. All avenues should be exhausted before we reach the fates of the aforementioned buildings. When ignored and abused, our links to history can become ugly, and ugly can become a blemish for our town. The proper agencies have put together guidelines for both preservation and rehab. These guidelines seem fair in process, but perhaps not in length of time.
The ongoing battle over the Brickelltown structures should have been resolved years ago. If it had, new, usable and attractive structures would already be standing. And perhaps those advancements would have spurred additional rehab and growth in the area.
As the redevelopment of this land moves forward we encourage unilateral cooperation. We also applaud the efforts of preservationists. Your battles are hard fought, and when victorious the results can span generations.
Truckee needs to keep its identity as a turn-of-the-century boomtown. The difficult balancing act, however, features the jousting between heritage and future. We cannot recreate the past, but we can pay homage to it as we build our future.
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