The Results Are In: What Kind of a Preservationists Are You?

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


People_StickerWhat kind of a preservationists are you? Do you wax poetic over flemish bond and glass curtain walls? Or when you see an old factory, do you mentally tally up the economic return from converting it into loft apartments? Do you write impassioned letters to the editor to protest the proposed demolition of a local landmark? Or do you deplore the wastefulness of demolishing an old building and carting it off to the landfill?

Here at the Forum office, we came up with a fun online survey to reveal your innermost preservationist. The brainchild of the Forum marketing staff, Colleen Danz and Rebecca Bice, the survey was launched at the Past Forward conference in Savannah. More than 250 conference attendees stopped by the Forum booth to take the survey.

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Program Related Investments: “Groan” for Preservation

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Special Contributor No Comments


1282 Calhoun | Credit: Historic Macon Foundation

1282 Calhoun Street in Macon, Georgia. | Credit: Historic Macon Foundation

Ethiel Garlington

Lately around the Historic Macon Foundation (HMF) office we’ve been saying that we’re “standing on the shoulders of giants.” Our talented staff of fresh faces is benefitting from the years (50 to be exact) of hard fought preservation work by our predecessors.

Thanks to the August announcement of additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, HMF will continue building on the legacy of those who came before us. The $3 million investment from Knight Foundation will allow us to continue our preservation work in Beall’s Hill and the College Hill Corridor. More importantly the investment gives us the tools we need to continue making the case that historic preservation is successful economic development.

In industry terms, this foundation loan concept is called a program-related investment (PRI). More specifically and less eloquently, in this case it’s deemed a “groan,” since it’s a grant and a loan. This is an important point to make since HMF and our loan fund borrowers will repay approximately half of the total Knight Foundation investment. This concept is new to Knight Foundation and it’s new to HMF. Thankfully, our local Knight Foundation program director, Beverly Blake, and the Knight Foundation trustees are entrepreneurial and recognize the success that HMF has had over the last 50 years.... Read More →

Kicking-Off Green Lab Work in Louisville, Kentucky

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by Margaret O'Neal No Comments


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Downtown Louisville. | Credit: Fred Sauceman, via Flickr, Creative Commons

PastForward 2014 was an inspiring week for the Green Lab staff. Not only was our research about the contribution of older buildings to neighborhood vitality cited numerous times, but conference attendees from across the country wanted to talk with us about how to promote preservation as a tool for sustainable development in their communities. This week, we rode this excitement all the way to Louisville, kicking-off what will be three years’ worth of work testing and measuring the impact of concentrated, multi-disciplinary efforts to address complex urban challenges and opportunities.

Over the past few years, the National Trust has become increasingly involved in the national conversation about our cities. We have worked in multiple places – in multiple ways – defining the role that older buildings and blocks play in the health and livability of communities, proving their intrinsic environmental, economic, and social value, and identifying common barriers and corresponding policy solutions to increase the rate of building reuse and retrofitting.... Read More →