Is the National Register of Historic Places Helping or Hindering Legacy City Preservation?

By Michael R. Allen Today, as historic preservationists delve into the realities of older American cities that have faced population and building loss, we find ourselves reaching—and transcending—our field’s own limits. Nowhere is this more evident than in our engagement with the methodology of “rightsizing,” which has found preservation advocates making the case for embracing […]

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A call for hope and action

By Jeff Johnson As a member of Cleveland City Council, I have been challenged to respond to some difficult issues within the urban neighborhoods of the city. One of those issues is how to preserve Cleveland’s cultural heritage, including the structures and sites that are historic and important to the city, while it goes through […]

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Flexibility and neighborhood preservation in legacy cities

By Nancy E. Boone The Legacy Cities conference held in Cleveland in June had preservationists from across the nation thinking about what more we can do to contribute to the rejuvenation of struggling, high-vacancy neighborhoods in older industrial cities. A lot of the talk centered around flexibility: focusing on preservation of neighborhoods over individual buildings. […]

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Preservation as Change of Mind

By Margo Warminski I grew up in 48205. (Google it.) I lived in a place where the American dream went into reverse, and kept going backward. Eventually I moved to a calmer zip code but kept the Rust Belt DNA. Which is why I couldn’t wait to spend three days at the Historic Preservation in […]

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Tax Reform Act Threatens Essential Rightsizing Tax Credit Programs

The Preservation Rightsizing Network raises strong concerns about the recent proposal from Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) to eliminate tax credits that are essential to building strong neighborhoods across the country. Rep. Camp’s Tax Reform Act of 2014 proposes to remove tools that promote historic preservation, reuse of existing buildings, sustainable development, and neighborhood stabilization. Rep. […]

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Urgent Work in Good Company: The Preservation Rightsizing Network Takes Off

This post was originally published on December 10th, 2013 on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For many preservation advocates, planners, and others living and working in older industrial cities, a recent New York Times article on bulldozer-driven planning missed the point. Preservation can be an effective tool for reshaping and […]

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Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities: A Review from Detroit

Cross-posted from the Preservation Leadership Forum blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation where this post first appeared on October 4, 2013. At the recent Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Philadelphia, Pa., I participated in a four-person panel discussion titled “Building on Historic Assets.” We spoke to the audience about building upon the strength of historic structures […]

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Commentary: What Does “Right Size” Mean for Historic Preservation?

Cross-posted from the Preservation Research Office blog where this post originally appeared on September 17, 2013. Last week I participated in two gatherings held consecutively in St. Louis’ kindred city, Philadelphia: the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, hosted by the Center for Community Progress, and the Right Size, Right Place Forum hosted by the emergent Preservation Rightsizing Network. While […]

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Save the date for Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities on June 5-7, 2014

Save the date for an interdisciplinary convening to address the role of historic preservation in revitalizing Legacy Cities on June 5-7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Hosted by The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Restoration Society, the meeting will be an opportunity to cross-collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions with the goals of launching a more […]

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