May 29, 2003 -- Today Congressman Mike Capuano asked the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide information regarding the criteria used for compiling its annual list of America's Eleven Most Endangered Places.
The request was made after learning that the Trust placed Minute Man National Historical Park on its annual list because "heavy air traffic, unchecked noise and visual intrusions from a busy regional airport are taking a devastating toll on many important landmarks." The regional airport cited in the designation is Hanscom Field.
"If this is the criteria that your organization uses for assessing impact in the case of air traffic, then I am writing to ask if you apply that same criteria equally to other historically important sites," Congressman Capuano wrote in a letter to Richard Moe, President of the Trust.
"No one questions the historic importance of Minute Man National Historical Park. However, it is worth noting that Logan International Airport is located in Boston, Massachusetts - the birthplace of the American Revolution. Within a few square miles of the airport, you will find countless historically significant landmarks. These include the Bunker Hill Monument, the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church, the USS Constitution, the African Meeting House, Prospect Hill (site of the raising of the first official flag of the colonies), the Charles River (which Paul Revere crossed to begin his famous ride) and the Cambridge Common (where George Washington took control of the Continental Army)," Congressman Capuano continued.
The Congressman noted that the area directly beneath Logan's flight paths is subject to much heavier air traffic and significantly more noise than the areas surrounding Hanscom Field. Congressman Capuano asked for information regarding the Trust's nominating process as well as specific information regarding the methodology used in selecting endangered locations.
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