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Live List of Resolutions, Press and Blogs in Opposition to Michigan HB 5232

The following list appears courtesy of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and will be updated regularly.

February 29, 2016


City Councils, Historic District Commissions, and history organizations across Michigan are recognizing that the two bills will be a major blow to their community.

Charter Township of Northville Historic District Commission



Mount Pleasant

Jackson (City Council) (Historic District Commission)

Historical Society of Michigan

Ann Arbor

Clarkston (City Council) (Community Historical Society) (Historic District Commission)

Oakland County Board of Commissioners

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

MotorCities Board of Directors


The following press is provided in conological order with newest at the top; the most recent  items address the substitute bill for HB 5232 placed before the Michgian House Local Government Committee on February 24, 2016. 

The Big Reason Historic Preservation Districts are a Good  Idea by Matt Carmichael (Livibility March 1, 2016)

Battle lines drawn over Michigan historic districts, by Louis Agiular (The Detroit News, Feburary 29, 2016)

Jack Lessenberry: ‘Modernization’ ahead for historic districts?, by Jack Lessenberry (Traverse City Record Eagle, February 27, 2016)

Local Historic Districts Act should remain unaltered, by the Three Rivers Historic District Commission (Three Rivers Commercial-News, February 27, 2016)

2 bills could be a disaster for historic districts in Michigan, by Jack Lessenberry (The Blade [Toledo], February 26, 2016)

Historic Preservation Threatened?, by Jack Lessenberry (Dome Magazine, February 26, 2016)

Grand Rapids pens letter to lawmakers over threat to historic districts, by Monica Scott (MLive, Feburary 24, 2016)

Planning expert: Legislation could “abolish historic districts” in Michigan (Stateside, Michigan Radio, Feburary 24, 2016)

Why We Support Historic Districts & Oppose Michigan HB5232 by Amy Haimer (amyhaimerl.com, February 24, 2016)

Overhaul of historic district law puts burden on property owners, by Sharon Ferraro (MLive, February 24, 2016)

Editorial: How not to preserve our past (The Blade [Toledo], February 23, 2016)

Affluent suburb behind push to dismantle Michigan historic districts, by Garrett Ellison (MLive, February 22, 2016)

Developers, preservationists puzzled by bills to update historic district statutes, by Nick Manes (MiBiz, February 21, 2016)

Feedback: ‘Historic’ legislation flawed, by Paul M. Keep (Detroit Free Press, February 20, 2016)

Fight to Preserve Historic Preservation Tools for Cities, by Anna Clark (Next City, February 18, 2016)

Rapid Blog: Afendoulis bill should disappear, not Grand Rapids’ historic districts, by Rebecca Smith-Hoffman (Rapid Growth, February 18, 2016)

Preserving Our Past (radio link) (script) by Jack Lessenberry, (Michigan Radio, February 17, 2016)

Michigan Historic Districts imperiled, by Carlisle/Wortman Associates Inc. (Carlisle/Wortman Associates Inc., February 16, 2016)

An Open Letter to the Michigan Legislature, by Nancy Kotting (Watapama, February 16, 2016)

Michigan Legislation Endangers Historic Districts, Empowers Property Owners, by Shafaq Hasan (Nonprofit Quarterly, February 10, 2016)

City opposes changes to historic district regulations, by Adrian Hedden (Morning Sun News, Februrary 10, 2016)

Should Historic Districts Change? Why One Michigan Lawmaker Says Yes, by Patrick Sisson (Curbed Detroit, February 10, 2016)

Bills threaten local historic districts in Michigan, by John Gallagher (Detroit Free Press, February 10, 2016)

Proposed law would ‘kill’ Bay City’s Historic District, official says, by Andrew Dodson (MLive, February 9, 2016)

Preservation overhaul will cause damage of historic, economic proportions, by Nancy Kotting, Guest Writer (MLive, February 9, 2016)

Ann Arbor preservationists sound alarm on threat to local historic districts, by Ryan Stanton (MLive, February 9, 2016)

Leave Michigan’s historic districts alone, Detroit Free Press Editorial Board, Detroit Free Press, February 9, 2016

Let’s kick this up a notch!, MHPN email blast, February 8, 2016

State Lawmakers Consider Changes to Historic Preservation Laws, WOOD 106.9, February 8, 2016

National Trust for Historic Preservation Letter to Rep. Chatfield, House Local Government Committee, February 8, 2016

Why Bother with Historic Districts, interview of Andrea Brown, Michigan Chapter of American Planning Commission, by Amy Miller (WDET, February 8, 2016)

Bills Could Dismantle Local Historic Districts Across State by Beth Dalbey (Wyandotte Patch, February 7, 2016)

Bills threaten local historic districts in Michigan, by John Gallagher (Detroit Free Press, February 6, 2016)

Bill Rewriting Historic District Act called ‘over-reaction’ by Sean Bradley (Manistee News Advocate, February 5, 2016)

Opinion: Michigan’s Historic Districts Act isn’t broke, so don’t fix it, by James Turner (ModelD, February 5, 2016)

JEOPARDIZED: Michigan Historic Districts Under Threat, by Maria Taylor (Preservation Farmington, February 4, 2016)

Leave laws that protect historic districts alone, by Amy Elliott Bragg (Hometown Life, February 4, 2016)

Local group expresses concern for fate of historic districts, by WWMT Staff (WWMT, February 3, 2016)

‘It’s absolutely despicable,” Ypsilanti council member says of bill to weaken historic districts, by Tom Perkins (MLive, February 3, 2016)

Guest Post: Republicans set to Dissolve all Historic Districts in Michigan, by Nancy Kotting (Eclectablog, February 2, 2016)
HistoricDistricts Process Changed with Proposed Amendment, by Robin Runyan (Curbed Detroit, February 1, 2016)

Changes to historic district designation up for debate, by Kathleen Gray (Detroit Free Press, January 30, 2016)

Bills would make it harder to get, keep historic district status, by Sarah Cwiek (Michigan Radio, January 28, 2016)

Historic preservation vs. private property rights in Michigan House bill, by Matt Vande Bunte (MLive, January 27, 2916)



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