I remember a February evening in 2020 where the community gathered together at the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library to listen to a presentation about a Historical Preservation Ordinance (HPO) for the city of Brenham, specifically for the downtown district. It was standing room only and I thought to myself, “This many people care about an ordinance?”

Of course, there was a handful of citizens there who were misinformed and defensive as to why it was a bad idea, toting property values decreasing and restrictive government as to why they were opposed. Then all at once, the crowd largely agreed they had enough and dispersed.

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