Historically, walkways in Palestine were native stone, concrete, brick, gravel, earth, or grass. While driveways are often thought of as 20th-century inventions made necessary by the automobile, driveways have been a feature of historic properties as long as there have been horses, wagons, and carriages.
While additional parking was not often a historic feature, the need for additional parking is often a reality. Despite this need, additional parking can easily detract from the historic character of a landmark or district, so must be designed carefully and with approval.
Keeping and maintaining walks and driveways that are original concrete, brick, stone, crushed rock, or gravel
Choosing locally occurring iron stone instead of other varieties.
Replacing non-historic walks and driveways with historically appropriate replacements when repair or replacement is needed.
Carefully matching historic masonry in color and texture when conducting repairs.
Locating additional parking at the rear of the building, and screening it.
Using historically appropriate fencing and landscaping to make additional parking less noticeable.
Using synthetic or non-traditional materials such as asphalt, broken tile set in concrete, poured concrete laid without dividing seams, rough concrete blocks, rounded concrete paving stones or rip-rap.
Constructing additional parking that is obvious from the street