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Neighborhood Historic Preservation Coalition

By Janet O'Dea

The Neighborhood Historic Preservation Coalition, (NHCP), initially came together by organizing Uptown groups (such as the Hillcrest History Guild and the University Heights Historical Society) because of community-wide concerns over a proposed historic survey that threatened over half of the properties in Uptown. During review of the General Plan the Coalition focus shifted to become much broader. The concerns became the treatment of the historic resources in all of our established communities. Since significant policy decisions in the General Plan emphasized in-fill in many of our historic communities the direction of the Coalition rapidly shifted to encompass all of the historic communities.

How is SOHO involved? Since SOHO has always been involved in the treatment of our historic assets, they have naturally been involved as we have grappled with these issues. SOHO has provided expertise and guidance to us as we organized and attended meetings to galvanize community support for issues that so greatly impact the character and charm of our established communities.

How can you get involved? Our aim is to reach out to all of the neighborhood groups with concern for San Diego's historic resources. NHPC is now an organization of community groups. Its members are the representatives of organizations that also advocate for protection of some of the most significant resources in the city of San Diego. Member organizations include: SOHO, The Black Historical Society, Burlingame Homeowner's Association, Golden Hill Community Development Corp, Albatross Neighborhood Association, Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association, Heart of Kensington, Hillcrest History Guild, La Playa Heritage, Mission Hills Heritage, Normalites for Normal Heights, University Heights Historical Society and others are joining as of this publication deadline.

If your organization would like to align with us and become involved with the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition please contact Janet O'Dea at

2008 - Volume 39, Issue 1/2


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