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. Camp is departing chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, so his proposal is more speculative than imminent. However, it certainly will impact future discussions on federal tax credits. The proposed changes take aim at a variety of credits that currently incentivize the reduction of … Continue reading Tax Reform Act Threatens Essential Rightsizing Tax Credit Programs

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 integrated approach to planning for the future of legacy cities, bringing historic preservation into urban policymaking, and crafting a 21st-century preservation profession that is responsive to the needs and conditions of legacy cities. Preservationists, community developers, economic developers, urban planners and policymakers, urban designers, and … Continue reading Save the date for Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities on June 5-7, 2014

Resource: Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities, May 2013

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently published a new report “Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities” by Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman available for download as a PDF here. Find more information on their website or read on for an excerpt of the abstract: This policy focus report explores the challenges of regenerating America’s legacy cities—older industrial cities that have experienced sustained job and population loss over the past few decades. It identifies the powerful obstacles that stand in the way of fundamental change in the dynamics of these cities, and suggests directions by which cities can overcome those obstacles and embark on … Continue reading Resource: Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities, May 2013