By Don Morgan
It's a raging debate for some in San Antonio--balancing economics versus the preservation of what may be seen as historic sites.
An expert on historic preservation will be in town Tuesday to discuss the economics of adaptive use and historic preservation. Officials said Don Rypkema's lecture is expected to cover a lot of ground.
"He speaks a lot on the impacts of adaptive reuse and historic preservation from an economic standpoint in terms of job creation....overall economic impact in the community in terms of heritage tourism" said Shannon Miller with the City's Office of Historic Preservation, adding Rypkema is really seen as an authority on the subject.
"He is really a world-renowned expert... he has written a book....that is widely used around the country and really the world" Miller said.
However, many remain unhappy with the City's approach to historic preservation, seeing money as the bottom line.
"With historic preservation the money goes directly in to people's pockets--not in to buying products or getting new materials" said Susana Segura with the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.
Rypkema's lecture will take place at 6 PM Tuesday--at 231 East Houston Street.