Tbe Role of Community Initiatives in the Preservation of Industrial Cultural Landscapes
The national and international value of our industrial heritage is poorly understood in Canada. Some recognition of value usually occurs after industrial heritage resources have been seriously threatened or demolished. The risk is that by the time the general public understands and embraces this value, there will be precious little industrial heritage left. The economic, but also political, involvement of all levels of government in cultural preservation has changed radically (primarily diminished) in the recent past. and may continue to do so in the near future.
The expansion of public comprehension and associated resulting action, by way of community initiatives, will therefore be required in the coming years to conserve the remaining industrial heritage landscape. Community initiatives, combined with private sector investment and public/private partnerships of specific, purpose-designed projects, will be the principle engines of renewal and preservation throughout the next decade. This article discusses the contemporary evolution of a significant Canadian industrial landscape, recent redevelopment plans, and issues relating to the preservation of the heritage character of the site.
UNIQUE INDUSTRIAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT
Industrial heritage sites are extremely rare in the National Capital Region, partially due to planning…