August Preservation Clippings

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

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

Recovery News

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Galveston, Tex., have one thing in common: Both have experienced significant natural disasters in recent years. To help other cities prepare for similar catastrophic events, the American Planning Association is offering a free webcast of two sessions from its 2013 National Planning Conference that focuses on post-disaster recovery efforts using Galveston and Cedar Rapids as case studies. Learn how to make your community stronger, safer, and more resilient.

What is Gentrification?

When the topic of gentrification surfaces, preservationists and others working in community development sometimes have difficulty figuring out what to say. The Shelterforce blog, Rooflines, suggests that we need to rethink how we define gentrification and has published reader responses to the question: What is gentrification? See how others are defining the term.

Memphis Milestone

Bicycling magazine twice named Memphis as one of America’s worst cities for bicycling. Since then, however, the city has shifted gears. In August, the city adopted a complete streets policy making it the 500th community in the United States to do so. This policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This represents a victory for Memphis and a victory for the National Complete Streets Coalition. Find out more about how Memphis is becoming a bike-friendly city and more.

Unsprawl

In a recent post in its blog, The Dirt, the American Society of Landscape Architects reviews Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces and Places, a new publication available from Planetizen Press. The book title alone, although a bit of a tongue twister, should be enough to pique the interest of preservation advocates. Read more about this how-to book on ways to “unsprawl.”

 

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