About the Preservation Rightsizing Network

The Preservation Rightsizing Network addresses the intersecting issues of preservation and rightsizing in American cities. It brings together preservation planners and advocates to develop and share practical tools for constructively engaging in and influencing local planning processes and local strategies, with the goal of creating more livable communities and laying a foundation for the revitalization of historic neighborhoods.

The PRN is sponsored by the Rightsizing Cities Initiative at PlaceEconomics and Baltimore Heritage.

Recent Updates

This building in St. Louis' St. Louis Place neighborhood is not eligible for National Register of Historic Places listings, along with thousands of other historic buildings in cities across the country. As a result, there are almost no resources for its preservation and it almost certainly will be demolished.

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

November 12, 2014

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 …

Michael Allen

A call for hope and action

August 27, 2014

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 …

Cara Bertron

Legacy cities: A community of advocates

August 27, 2014

By Nick Hamilton This is an abbreviated story of the thinking and planning that created two conferences: one that led to something new and big, and a second whose effects are still unfolding. The first was the 110th American Assembly in Detroit in 2011, where the term legacy cities was coined in recognition of the …

Cara Bertron
Vernon House Apartments in Philadelphia (Photo: Cara Bertron)

Flexibility and neighborhood preservation in legacy cities

August 27, 2014

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. …

Cara Bertron