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2008 Most Endangered List
of Historic Resources

Whether located in our cities, small towns or rural areas, historic resources create a distinct sense of place and contribute to the superior quality of life enjoyed throughout the San Diego region. Every year, however, many irreplaceable sites are lost or threatened by demolition or neglect. In response to this ongoing crisis, for decades, SOHO has maintained a Most Endangered List of Historic Resources. By raising public awareness, the Most Endangered List has played a role in several preservation success stories by bringing attention to important buildings and places within the path of development or facing critical deterioration.

In 2008, despite significant progress, our historic resources have never been under greater attack. The situation is due to a growing number of challenges and concerns ranging from the current political climate and the activities of scrape and develop lobbyists. The dangers that these conditions pose to historic resources was reflected in the number of sites nominated to 2008's Most Endangered List, which had to be painfully scaled down from more than thirty well-deserving potential properties to only twelve. The plights facing these resources reveal some of the main forces most frequently behind the will to destroy our local heritage: ignorance, short-sightedness, incompetence and greed.

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