Place, Persistence, and Practice: Evaluating Historical Significance at Angel Island, San Francisco, and Maxwell Street, Chicago.

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  • Author(s): Cresswell, Tim (); Hoskins, Gareth ()
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    Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Jun2008, Vol. 98 Issue 2, p392-413. 22p. 1 Color Photograph, 4 Black and White Photographs, 2 Maps.
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      In their evaluation of properties for historical significance, state and federal historic preservation officers operationalize place in ways that echo geographers' conceptualization of place as meaningful, material, and practiced. An analysis of designation criteria and accreditation guidelines are used alongside interviews and correspondence with advocates to trace the fortunes of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island, San Francisco, and Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, as they are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and proceed through the rigors of assessment. Although arguments for the essentially lived nature of place are made by advocates, it is the material structure of place that is often the key factor in determining whether or not a property is listed on the Register and protected from development or demolition. To fulfill the requirements of integrity that accompany evaluations of significance, awkward resolutions between the experiential fluidity and material obduracy of place are made. These resolutions provoke several ironies of persistence that throw the politics of preservation discourse into sharp relief. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      Cuando se evalúa la importancia histórica de las propiedades, los funcionarios estatales y federales de preservación histórica categorizan el lugar en maneras similares a como los geógrafos conceptualizan un lugar como significativo, material y relativo a la experiencia. Se realiza un análisis de los criterios de designación y las pautas de acreditación, junto con entrevistas y correspondencia con los partidarios, para trazar la historia de la Estación de Inmigración de Angel Island en San Francisco, y el Mercado de Maxwell Street en Chicago, ya que están nominados para incluirse en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos y deben pasar a través de los rigores de la evaluación. Aunque los partidarios presentan argumentos de la naturaleza esencialmente viviente del lugar, es su estructura material la que frecuentemente es el factor clave para determinar si una propiedad se debe incluir en el Registro y protegerla del desarrollo o demolición. Para cumplir con los requisitos de integridad que acompañan las evaluaciones de la importancia, se toman resoluciones poco prácticas entre la fluidez de la experiencia y la obstinación material. Estas resoluciones provocan varias ironías de persistencia que lanzan las políticas del discurso de preservación en brusca liberación. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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