for love of writing The Gossips of Rivertown, that is.
It has been my aspiration to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission since 2003, when Hudson's preservation ordinance was enacted and the commission was created. Finally, in late October 2017, my hope of more a decade was realized. Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton appointed me to the HPC.
From the beginning, my role as the author of The Gossips of Rivertown, a blog that regularly deals with issues relating to historic preservation, proved problematic. I assumed that if I simply refrained from expressing an opinion on Gossips about a project being considered by the HPC before a formal decision had been made by the entire body and never criticized determinations made by the HPC, all would be well. But things turned out to be more nuanced and complicated. Uncertain that I could thread the needle, I simply stopped reporting on HPC meetings altogether, but that proved inadequate to avoid problems. In recent weeks, it became clear that being on the HPC required that I stop writing about all historic preservation issues and development impacting the historic character of our city. That was a bridge too far.
Earlier this week, I resigned from the Historic Preservation Commission, after just three months of service. This morning when I go to the HPC meeting, I will resume my seat in the audience and my role as observer, reporter, and critic.
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