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Hastings YouTube Video Discusses Design Guidelines

The Daily Hastings has been on the hunt for some local YouTube videos that stick out from the rest. We want to know which videos you think are the best, funniest or most unique. We recently found one focused on a fire in the village.

As a river town and a historic community it is to be expected that Hastings would have a particular look to its architecture. That idea was used when the village created design guidelines for Hastings,that went into effect on Feb. 2, 2011. The specific guidelines for buildings in the village can be found here .

In our continued search for relevant and entertaining YouTube videos created locally, we stumbled upon a documentary discussing these very guidelines. The video is said to have aired on local television over the winter of 2010 by the user who uploaded it. The documentary interviews some of the most critical people behind the guidelines.

"It makes life easier for the shopkeepers," said Hastings mayor Peter Swiderski in the video. "It should make life easier and reduce uncertainty."

The documentary is presented by Christina Griffin Architects and Griffin detailed the history and importance of the guidelines.

"About eight or 10 years ago we started the process of thinking about putting together some kind of design guidelines," Griffin said in the video. "We came up with the idea of doing something that would be very user friendly and about Hastings."

With so many old buildings in the village Griffin, who is a member of the design guidelines committee along with the chamber of commerce, said it was important to not disturb the overall feel of the architecture.

"Our buildings in our village give us this sense of place by the history the buildings have," she said in the video.

With that being said the guidelines are not meant to be overly strict, but there are definitely some ideas Griffin has in her mind.

"I think pedestrian means that if you're walking up the street along a building that there's signage that feels very comfortable to you," Griffin said in the video. "I think there could be details in the display window that make it very delightful, it almost invites the pedestrian to look inside."

The YouTube documentary was directed, filmed and edited by Russell Bradley.

Do you know of any local YouTube videos that stand out from the pack? Let us know below in the comments section or on Facebook or Twitter .

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