By Melissa Jest and Cara Bertron
The excitement was palpable in Newark one evening last December. Stacks of the Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities, a new report from the Preservation Rightsizing Network (PRN) and a broad array of partners, sat on a table outside the Great Hall of 15 Washington, a newly rehabilitated building owned by Rutgers University—Newark.
15 Washington itself played a strong supporting role in the release of the Action Agenda, which advocates for new strategies in reviving America’s legacy cities—older industrial cities that have lost 20 percent or more of their population. Redeveloping built assets, like 15 Washington and the long-vacant Hahne & Co. department store down the street, for housing, commercial and community uses is a cornerstone of those strategies. So, too, are the imagination and partnerships that have revived both buildings.
“The Action Agenda provides clear steps legacy cities can take to leverage older buildings and local heritage as powerful assets for revitalization,” said Emilie Evans, cofounder of Brick + Beam Detroit, an initiative that connects and supports building rehabbers.... Read More →