When I first moved to State College seven years ago, I lived on the corner of Garner Street and Foster Avenue. Across from me were two houses that are now a church parking lot. Fraser Center, the Metropolitan, the Rise and others were not even dreamed of yet. While many assert that State College is immune to the pressures of rapidly growing metro areas — the fact remains that change does come, and it often comes quickly. If we don’t protect what we value today, it won’t be here for others to enjoy tomorrow. I not only support the Historical Architectural Review Board in its present form, but would like to see it expanded to encompass more properties, include contributing properties in the downtown corridor, and be expanded to include many of the mid-century gems that I get to enjoy in my new neighborhood near Holmes-Foster Park.
Justin Wheeler, State College