The perils of leapfrog

In Beyond Preservation, Hurley discusses some of the problematic aspects of historic preservation laws: “A landscape shorn of recent history became a mechanism of disinheritance.” By privileging earlier eras—comfortably distant and/or mythologized nineteenth century golden ages and the like—more recent communities are (rhetorically and practically) sidelined. The eras leapfrogged over include, for example, the years of the Great Migration. It’s a good example of systemic racism: the intent need not be explicitly or consciously related to race, but the effect is not race neutral.

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