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City turns back on its own history

March 28, 2013

I am disappointed that the Glendale City Council has recently failed to approve historical status for the two Craftsman bungalows that were saved and incorporated into the Doran Gardens complex. It's a sad fact that this city continues to turn its back on its own history.

Yes, historical designations have been bestowed on several neighborhoods mostly in more upscale areas of town; but it's sad to think of the hundreds of old homes that were lost when the working-class neighborhoods of central and south Glendale were ravaged by reckless apartment and condo development over the past 50 years.

It is too late to save these neighborhoods as a cohesive historical district, but granting historical status to the two Doran Gardens bungalows would have been a small but grand gesture that the history of these neighborhoods has not been totally forgotten.

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Scott LaBissoniere
Glendale

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