Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities

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 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 partnered with Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, CEOs for Cities, and over two dozen other organizations to are convene 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 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.

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.

With planning support provided by:Co-Sponsors:

The American Assembly
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