Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities — Early Bird Registration ends May 4th

Update:  The Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities convening is approaching and the $125 early bird registration will end on May 4.   Hotel rates will also change after that date.  

The American Assembly is excited to continue its Legacy Cities programming by cosponsoring a conference on Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities.  The Assembly is partnering with Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, CEOs for Cities, and over two dozen other organizations that are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities.  This is the first event to bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers from cities where entrenched population loss and economic decline present difficult challenges for the future of the urban built environment to discuss historic preservation.  Urban planners and policymakers understand that demolition is a very pressing reality and often argue that it is the best course of action, yet these cities retain astounding historic resources and significant heritage. At this crucial juncture, there are difficult questions about what role preservation can and should play in shaping the future of Legacy Cities, how to identify and leverage historic assets, what benefits and impediments exist in integrating preservation into community and economic development, and how we make decisions about what we save and what we destroy.

We invite policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and scholars from a range of fields, including urban planning and design, community and economic development, urban policy, and historic preservation.  The convening will take place at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University from Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7, 2014, and will include a mix of speaker sessions, roundtable discussions and local tours.

Registration can be completed at (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8zfrwil55814c29&llr=5pv6xebab).

A listing of all the sessions and other information can be found on our web site (http://urban.csuohio.edu/conference/LegacyCityPreservation/).

This interdisciplinary convening 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.

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Colin Kahl
Colin Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is an American Assembly Next Generation Project Fellow. From February 2009 to December 2011, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East in the Pentagon.  From 2000-2004 and 2006-2007, he was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota.