6th Ward Invokes the youTube Community Function Call

From the Houston Chronicle – this is great! The 6th Ward Historic District is trying to preserve the old sixth ward in Houston using youTube.

For those non-houstonians out there it should be noted that Houston does not have zoning. So we have a bit of a sprawling, albeit capitalist enabled, urban design as a result. The scope of that debate is beyond this post, but I love the use of technology to light a fire under a cause:

6thwardchroniclearticle Group trying to preserve old Sixth Ward character posts front-porch testimonials on YouTube.com

By MIKE SNYDER, Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Leaders of one of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods, developed long before cars, paved roads or utility poles became part of the urban landscape, are using 21st century technology in their struggle to preserve a dwindling number of Victorian-era houses.

A series of YouTube.com videos features homeowner testimonials about the need to preserve the character of the area just west of downtown, which is listed on federal and local historic registries. (more)

Also note that while the 6th Ward is not a client, the 5th Ward and the 5th Ward CRC are clients. Disclosure and such.