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Endangered, continued

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities provoked quite a reaction from some Fredericksburg officials when it put the city’s entire Historic District on its list of Virginia’s most endangered historic sites last week.

Senior City Planner Erik Nelson has sent the group a letter criticizing it for leveling what he calls “harsh criticism of concerted preservation efforts by others, without checking the basic facts.”

“By publishing information about the City of Fredericksburg without ensuring its validity, APVA may have traded its enviable reputation for the cheap thrills derived from a clumsy publicity stunt,” Nelson wrote.

Meanwhile, Councilman Matt Kelly has contacted the group, asking whom they talked with in the city to verify their information before putting Fredericksburg on the endangered list.

I’m still trying to contact the group to learn more about the process, but if you’d like to see what the reaction has been in other communities that had buildings or districts put on the list, click here to read about who Danville preservationists are blaming for that entire city making the No. 1 spot on the endangered list–the city government.

Go here to see how Roanoke reacted to seeing several city homes put on the list. Here is coverage from Norfolk of both the city’s downtown historic district and Hampton’s Fort Monroe being added. And here‘s a story from Staunton about two Augusta County homes being added to the list.