I’ve written about the city’s efforts to preserve historical landmarks in the past with their SurveyLA project. I recently spoke to Office of Historic Resources Manager Ken Bernstein again, this time for LAist, about the new MyHistoricLA.org, where Angelenos can submit their local neighborhood places for consideration of historical landmark status.
Taking cues from social media sites like Facebook and Foursquare, the city partnered with MindMixer, a web developer, to engage residents through the Internet. Users can submit ideas, vote for other ones they like and comment on ideas — All while getting points for their participation. Points land you on the leaderboard, and users who participate the most have a chance at winning free tickets to tours, events and more.
“We’re crowd-sourcing,” said Bernstein, who added the city considers the website “a virtual town hall…about places that matter to Angelenos. Often, it’s difficult to reach a full cross-section (of people) across all ages and backgrounds.” Social media encourages people to voice their opinions and share their ideas, and the city is looking to community members for help in their ongoing efforts to preserve places that are important to L.A.
The website will track the locations of places suggested by users, allowing his staff to see what areas and communities are the most active, as well as where they need to improve outreach.
The city is not only looking for buildings of architectural significance, but that of social and historical importance as well, said Bernstein. Meeting places of women’s clubs, labor union halls, Freemasons and other organizations “are so part of the social fabric of the city,” said Bernstein.
You can read the story in its entirety at LAist here.