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Smart Growthy Nominee for Historic Preservation Review Board

(courtesy @apaurbach)

With the city running into trouble with the feds for leaving seats open too long, the Historic Preservation Review Board nominations are flowing again. This time, with a familiar face: Andrew Aurbach, who served on the board as an historian from 2007 to 2009, and still serves on its sustainability committee. According to his resume from last time around and an updated one, he's been president of a media production and consulting company in the District since 1992 and is a founding member of the Historical Society of Washington's young professionals association. In addition, Aurbach's extracurriculars read like he goes to Urbanism High: He serves on the steering committees of the YIMBY group Ward 3 Vision, the Champion's Council for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action, and the Office of Planning's Neighborhood Sustainability Indicators Project. He might also be the first myopic little twit on the Board. Welcome to the future, HPRB!

  • Urbanette

    Excellent! Andrew is stand up guy, very smart, and dedicated to DC. This is great news for HPRB.

  • rip off the rich

    Andrew is an excellent choice - maybe he knows someone who can run for Mayor, Chairman, or Council when the current holders march off the dais in handcuffs

  • EH

    "Welcome to the future, HPRB?" What, by picking someone from its past? Pretty lame assessment. His record was fairly unremarkable as an HPRB member previously. In fact, to be honest, he didn't come across very well.

    Yes, he is a nice guy and he is into Urbanist centric issues, but that does not mean this is a good fit for him. Fail.

  • Bobby

    Yes, but does he actually own a house? Because, it's important to have /actual/ experience in the trenches of trying to get permits for work that the HPO rules on.

  • HistoryGuy

    With all of the qualified historians in DC, this is the best Gray can cough up? This appointment is an embarrassment to the Gray administration and to the city. Yes, Aurbach studied history as an undergrad and therefore he skates by under the minimum professional qualification standard. DC citizens should demand more from elected leaders than a recycled "new urbanist" with some history experience. Smart growth is a great goal, but so are smart appointments and smart preservation.

  • Bobby-Really?

    Bobby, really? You have to have to own a house before engaging as a volunteer in service to the District? How quaint. Help us all understand how that system is going to work.
    Andrew is going to be great, again, on the Board. He's continued to volunteer in preservation since he was kicked off the Board so Fenty could find a place for the contractor that renovated Fenty's house. I'm no fan of Gray, but this is an appointment of a professional, rather than a payback for fixing up the Mayor's house.
    As to HistoryGuy's comments that Andrew skates under the minimum quals...HG, either he's qualified, or not. The National Park Service sets the standards across the country. Andrew meets their standards. And he's continued to be involved in history matters and historic preservation efforts throughout his career. Have you read his resume? The city is better for this appointment.

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