It was one year ago today that the South Village Historic District was landmarked, thus protecting most of the second third of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District. The first third of GVSHP's proposed South Village Historic District was landmarked by the city in 2010 as an extension of the existing Greenwich Village Historic District.
Each of those designations protected about 250 buildings on a dozen blocks which previously could have been demolished at any time. Each of those areas contain a wonderful array of 19th and early 20th century architecture that reflects this neighborhood's unique role as an incubator not only for generations of immigrants, but for some of the most important social, cultural, literary, artistic, political, musical, and theatrical movements of the last century and a half.
These designations were a cause for great celebration, and the result of years and years of hard work and advocacy. But the final third of our proposed South Village Historic District remains unprotected, with the City still not moving ahead with either landmark designation or a contextual rezoning of the area. This section of the South Village is also replete with architecturally and historically significant buildings which tell the story of our city's immigrant transformation and cultural flowering in the 20th century. Like the rest of the South Village, GVSHP got this area placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places last year, but demolitions and out of scale new developments continue.
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