Topic Teasers Vol. 93: Making Historic Errors

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Our school district has decided to raze and rebuild a historic elementary school located on an equally historic access road that was part of the first state highway. Unfortunately, in replacing a sewer line that crossed the road, about 10 feet of the original brick pattern was not reinstalled correctly. Local traffic was rerouted temporarily while the work was done, to the vocal displeasure of the nearby residents (since this three-block access road also funnels traffic from the subdivisions to the main street). What do I do about the pattern at this point?

A. When working with historic venues, leaving the site looking exactly as you found it is of extreme importance. If you don’t repair it on your own, the inspectors from your local Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission (or some similarly named organization) will ask you to redo it. So, do it now.

B. On a road that covers less than two blocks, city laws usually do not require historic artifacts and sites to be preserved. Repaint the middle lines and hope that drivers do not notice. This is preferable to stopping traffic again to redo the brickwork.

C. Ask the product owner what he or she would prefer you do. Since you were not specifically told to reinstall the roadway with …

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