After the Heritage Strategies International team traveled to Quito, Ecuador in October for Habitat III, HSI president Donovan Rypkema wrote a piece for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Leadership Forum blog on the New Urban Agenda and what it means for cultural heritage. Read it here.
This month’s PresPoll asked about the effectiveness and the use of heritage conservation as a tool for a range of urban strategies. While we didn’t mention it in the survey, these possible roles for heritage conservation came from the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador at Habitat III this week. We … Continue reading “PresPoll 7 Recap: The Effectiveness and Use of Heritage Conservation”
This month’s PresPoll asked if you saw the goals of ten national organizations as being compatible with four areas in which PlaceEconomics works – historic preservation, downtown revitalization, economic development, and place making. Now we’ve never claimed that our monthly PresPolls constitute a representative sample of the entire US population or that based on polling … Continue reading “Results of PresPoll #4: Are We Compatible?”
PresPoll #3. The 4 Points of Main Street Main Street is economic development in the context of historic resources. That’s the definition of the Main Street program we at PlaceEconomics have used for 35 years. Main Street is a program of economic development, and design, promotion, and organization are not ends in themselves but rather … Continue reading “Results of PresPoll #3: Main Street”
Our first PresPoll #1 survey launched on March 15, 2016. We asked two open-ended questions: What was 2015’s biggest preservation win and biggest preservation loss. Answers ranged from specific building addresses to tax credit programs to the loss of Syrian monuments. We mapped site-specific responses within the US, which you can see below. Red represents losses … Continue reading “PresPoll #1 Results: Biggest Preservation Win & Loss in 2015”
The responses are unequivocal. Our respondents believe that without adaptive reuse you simply don’t have successful historic preservation. Three quarters felt adaptive reuse was critical; around a quarter felt it was important. One percent had no opinion. And zero people, ZERO, said that adaptive reuse was Not Important or of Little Importance. So for some … Continue reading “Results of PresPoll #2 – Adaptive Reuse”