“My dad is English,” she explained. “We took a lot of trips to Europe when I was growing up and that’s how I developed my interest in historic preservation.”
In the United States, she added, preservation doesn’t seem to “come as naturally” as it does in Europe. Robinson suspects the reason for that is a matter of history and a lack thereof here compared to in Europe.
“The history there goes back so much further,” she said, adding that the mindset regarding what’s old is much different across the pond. “In the United States, a building that’s 50 years old might be considered old, but in Europe that’s nothing.”
Former MainStreet Executive Director Bryan Robbins was also part of the committee that hired Robinson.
“I’m excited to welcome Sarah to the community,” Robbins said. “I’m excited about the job she’s going to do. I’ve no doubt the whole community will be as helpful to her as they were to me. A single person can’t accomplish everything that needs to be done in the city center; the progress that needs to continue is community driven and achieved. She’ll be a great leader in that regard, but also a critical part of it, I think.”
Robbins stressed that the community can’t expect Robinson to build and move MainStreet forward on her own. As such, he entreated the community to embrace her, “like they did me. I couldn’t have accomplished anything with MainStreet Greensburg without the community behind me.”
Robinson echoed her predecessor in sharing her thoughts on why it’s important for the entire community to be involved in MainStreet’s mission.
“Communities are founded in their downtowns,” she said. “It’s important for each community to remember its roots and where it started. It’s important to embrace that. That’s why a focus on community and community involvement is the number one emphasis of MainStreet organizations.”