The Historical Resources Management Commission (HRMC) is nearing completion of a 2015 “update” of an inventory of “historical resources” in Davis.
This is the fourth such inventory and update. The earlier ones were in 1980, 1996, and 2003 (available on the web via # 5, below).
Their completions have sometimes occasioned a flurry of “designations” of new historical resources in the form of “listing” particular buildings as “merit” or “landmark” resources or entire areas as “conservation” or “historic” districts (described in reference # 2).
I think there is a tendency to assume this surveying/designating is “natural” or “inevitable." It is an immutable aspect of the natural order of social things in Davis.
But it is, in my view, neither natural nor inevitable. Instead, “historical resources” and “preservation” are central advocacy ideas in a particular political point of view regarding the human built environment and its management.