All this next week we’re blogging from the National Historic Trust Conference in Austin. The conference is a yearly event.  Being so close to Dallas this year, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League thought we’d take advantage and check it out given our rich collection of historic architecture.  Wednesday is check in at the San Jose on Congress followed by opening plenary by Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker.

This year’s conference theme — “Next American City, Next American Landscape” — looks to the future of preservation. Attendees will explore how preservation supports and revitalizes vibrant cities, maintains and restores our traditional landscapes, and leads the charge on true sustainability. Besides the actual conference we’ve signed up to go on a candlelit tour of historic Austin homes, a bike ride from “Biergarten to Freedman’s Town” and a walking tour of Austin’s historic corridor to discover things Austin has done successfully that might be applicable to Jefferson Boulevard.

This is one in a series of posts from guest blogger Michael Amonett, who is attending the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference Oct. 27-30, and writing about what he learns and how it affects our neighborhood. Email him at