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Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities: An Interdisciplinary Convening

DATE: Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th, 2014
LOCATION: Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
HOSTED BY: Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs/Cleveland State University

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Cleveland State University and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities. This is the first event to bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers from cities where entrenched population loss and economic decline present difficult challenges for the future of the urban built environment. Urban planners and policymakers understand that demolition is a very pressing reality and often argue that it is the best course of action, yet these cities retain astounding historic resources and significant heritage. At this crucial juncture, there are difficult questions about what role preservation can and should play in shaping the future of Legacy Cities, how to identify and leverage historic assets, what benefits and impediments exist in integrating preservation into community and economic development, and how we make decisions about what we save and what we destroy.

This interdisciplinary convening will bring together preservationists, community developers, economic developers, urban planners, urban policymakers, urban designers, and others. It will be an opportunity to cross-collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions with the goals of launching a more integrated approach to planning for the future of Legacy Cities, bringing historic preservation into urban policymaking and crafting a 21st century preservation profession that is responsive to the needs and conditions of Legacy Cities. We invite policymakers, urban leaders, practitioners and scholars to participate in this three day convening, which will take place at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University from Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th, 2014.