Results: Preservation Priorities for President Barack Obama

Launched just hours after President Barack Obama claimed victory in one of the most historic presidential elections in American history, our preservation priorities poll inspired over 1,000 responses (and several hundred comments) from PreservationNation readers who were asked to select which of the following issues have the biggest impact in their communities. How do your priorities match up? What are your ideas? If you have not already, let us know by taking the preservation priorities poll today.

New Administration Poll Results 

Food for Thought: Comments from Poll Respondents

To view a complete list or to share your own priorities and ideas with the preservation world, visit our preservation priorities poll and scroll to the comments section.

Submitted by Ken Elliott, November 11, 2008
Sustainability is a key problem here in the Midwest. There is virtually no money anywere to help with rehab and renovation. It's mostly private money when it happens and that's not often because private money can usually build new cheaper than renovating or restoring a historic property.

Submitted by Shadows, November 10, 2008
I keep watching as building with architectural and historical significance are left to rot and fall apart. Then it is said that it would be too expensive to preserve or restore them. No effort is made when it is still possible but suddenly when Wal-mart or a casino want the land it is declared too late and too expensive to preserve them and they are razed.

Submitted by rik, November 8, 2008
homeowners are in desperate need of tax breaks as incentives to maintain their historic homes. Why do businesses that own properties get help from the federal government but not individuals and families who own most of our country's historic homes?

Submitted by JMA, November 7, 2008
The damage wrought by the hurricanes to historic properties in Louisiana remains an open wound. I personally have been involved with four historic forts that have not had any FEMA funds spent on repair and reconstruction of wonderfully significant, vital, and much loved historic sites that once restored would be economic generators in their own right. At present, we do not have a responsive and willing partner in FEMA in moving any of these projects forward. We as a nation owe it to Louisiana to finish what we started and make good on our promises. As a bonus, these four major projects would provide jobs in economically distressed areas.

Submitted by kristen, November 7, 2008
Preservation isn't just about history. It's about taking care of the things we value - community, environment, quality over quanitity, places that enrich our lives. It's not just looking to the past. It's considering the resources and assets we have NOW and how we can build on those resources to shape a better future.

Submitted by Margo, November 6, 2008
One guiding principle for preservation and sustainability: Fix it first.

Submitted by yapperman, November 6, 2008
While all of the items listed as priorities are important, nothing in the preservation movement is more urgent than the need to train people in the preservation trades. Because there are so few people that know how to perform preservation oriented rehab, there is little to no competition.

Submitted by Hopeful, November 6, 2008
Let's push for full funding for the National Park Service. They are limping along!

Submitted by MrPolicy2u, November 6, 2008
Reinvest in existing infrastructure, which is by default investment in historic resources. Will aid historic preservation, preserve working farmland, and open space.

Submitted by Tracie, November 5, 2008
President Obama needs to make a priority of preservation regarding historical sites and areas, especially those involving Native American history.

Submitted by Susan, November 5, 2008
It is absolutely imperative that State Historic Preservation Offices receive adequate funding to support high level staff to service tax programs and as well as funding to maintain historic sites, which promotes tourism and creates jobs.

Submitted by JF, November 5, 2008
We need to save our Civil War battlefields! They are too important to our national identity to lose!

Submitted by Bob, November 5, 2008
Don't forget - archaeological sites warrant preservation, not just worthy structures.