It is with great sadness that No Love Locks announces the passing of co-founder Lisa Taylor Huff, after a battle with cancer. Lisa loved Paris passionately, and remained active in the fight to save its heritage throughout her own personal fight. “I would rather fight for something, then against,” she said. Lisa came to Paris in 2006, and in 2013, attained dual US/France citizenship. She is survived by her husband and her step-children, as well as her family in the States.
Lisa campaigned tirelessly for the preservation of the heritage of Paris. In her own words: “I have been passionate about our cause since the beginning, when Lisa Anselmo and I first began discussing our mutual distress over the deplorable condition of some of the bridges in central Paris, most notably the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché. I have had a deep personal connection to the Pont des Arts for many years, dating back to my first visit to Paris in the 1990s and leading up to the first Valentine’s Day I spent with my husband, when we took a picnic on the bridge in February 2008.”
Lisa spoke and wrote extensively about the plight of the fragile heritage sites in the city, and was interviewed internationally on the subject. But she was more than the co-founder of No Love Locks. Lisa was a writer, blogger and life coach, helping people to achieve their dreams. Her generous spirit, kindness, and passion touched the lives of many—from her closest friends and family, to the thousands of people who read her blog. You can discover her inspiring words here.
On a personal note, I’ve known Lisa since I was 16, and have lost a great friend, someone who was like a sister to me, and will miss her every day. We began No Love Locks together because we wanted to do something to help preserve the beauty and history of the city we loved. We were both surprised by the attention, support and success No Love Locks has achieved, and happily, Lisa was able to witness and celebrate the removal of the locks from her beloved Pont des Arts.
But the fight is not over. There are still many other bridges and sites around Paris endangered by “love locks,” and only when the city creates a ban on this practice will the authorities have the power to finally end this form of vandalism, and the heritage sites of Paris can be restored and preserved for future generations.
Help No Love Locks in Our Continued Fight
No Love Locks will not cease until there is a ban in place, but I will need your help to achieve this. In the coming months, I will be posting on Facebook ways you can help, either by donating your time and special skills, or by supporting or helping to organize events in the city. No Love Locks cannot succeed without you, because without my co-founder, I am only one person. But with you, No Love Locks will be nearly 100,000 strong.
Thank you for your continued support of the efforts of my late co-founder and myself, as we fight to preserve the beauty and history of Paris.
Co-founder, No Love Locks
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