June Preservation Clippings

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

Articles and blog posts from affiliated organizations that will help in your work as preservation leaders.

American Society of Landscape Architects
The mayors who took the stage at EPA’s 2013 Brownfields Conference in Atlanta last month looked at their city’s brownfield sites and saw opportunity, instead of a lost cause. They envisioned new bike and walking trails, riverside parks, corporate headquarters, and breweries. Read more about their visionary approaches and their use of public-private partnerships to reusing brownfields in Jared Green’s blog, “Brownfields Are Just Untapped Assets,” in ASLA’s The Dirt, and see pictures of innovative projects in Atlanta, Asheville, and Cincinnati.

Civic horticulture plays an ever expanding role in a city’s sense of place, economy, environmental sustainability, and the health of city residents. Presenters at the Civic Horticulture Conference, hosted by the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society last month in Philadelphia, explored the organizational, aesthetic, and productive potential of horticulture and discussed how it is shaping contemporary civic spaces. Read more about the three major conference topics: The Street, Productive Gardens, and Parks and Plazas.

Urban Land Institute
Public hearings are a necessary and important step in the planning process, but what about the opinions of those people that don’t, or can’t, attend?  Several city planning departments are trying out new online models for getting community input in the planning process. To find out more about these programs and how they are being put to use, read this blog entry from the Urban Land Institute about online models for community engagement.

National Housing Institute
What is the best way to rebuild our nation’s distressed neighborhoods?  Allan Mallach, senior fellow of the National Housing Institute, has written in the past about what isn’t working. But in his recent blog entry in Rooflines, he offers an interesting solution—something he calls the Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program. Sounds a little like another program that has proven to be quite successful, doesn’t it? It would be great if his idea catches on.

We do our best to stay on top of things, but if you find something you consider a “must-read” for your Forum colleagues, let us know and we will include it in the monthly “Preservation Clippings.”

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