Apr 23, 2021

Weekend News Roundup – April 23, 2021

GOOD NEWS! We love to see it: Pittsburgh gets a deconstruction policy! On April 20, 2021, Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order for the City of Pittsburgh to develop a unified City-led deconstruction policy. The policy is aimed at identifying deconstruction-eligible structures that may ...

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Apr 14, 2021

Results of ADU PresPoll

This poll asked about ADUs – Accessory Dwelling Units. As we explained in the survey, we described ADUs as “independent housing units that occupy a lot that is otherwise zoned for a single-family home.” ADUs may be converted from existing structures such as a garage, ...

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Apr 09, 2021

Weekend News Roundup – April 9, 2021

PRESERVATION POLICY Looking again at the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, preservationists Elizabeth Blasius and Zach Mortice reflect on how a failed plan to landmark the neighborhood might serve as an important lesson for the field in an op-ed titled, “How a Plan to Save Buildings ...

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Apr 02, 2021

Deconstruction & Social Enterprise

As we’ve been saying all month, the benefits of deconstruction reach far and wide. In particular, we love how deconstruction initiatives and ordinances spur creative and socially-minded business and nonprofit models that benefit preservation, local economies, workforce training, and the environment. The following three stories ...

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Mar 26, 2021

Weekend News Roundup – March 26, 2021

Twice a month, we publish a roundup of preservation and city-building news and stories for your weekend reading. It's a collection of articles that our PlaceEconomics colleagues read this month, all in one place for your convenience. If you would like to receive the weekend ...

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Mar 22, 2021

Let’s Talk About: Deconstruction

Over here at PlaceEconomics, we are big fans of deconstruction. It's encouraging to see more and more cities using it to improve safety, create jobs, and encourage materials reuse. We are excited to share some of the larger takeaways from our latest report for the ...

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Mar 15, 2021

Results of PresPoll #8: Deconstruction

March 2021 This month's poll asked about deconstruction. Fundamentally, preservationists are in the business of saving historic structures, not tearing them down. But pragmatic preservationists acknowledge that sometimes historic buildings won’t survive. Rather than accepting that demolition debris go straight to the landfill, preservationists who ...

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Mar 12, 2021

Weekend News Roundup – March 12, 2021

A round-up of news and stories shared by our PlaceEconomics colleagues for your weekend reading!  CITY POLICY San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation continues to lead the way with smart approaches to preservation, including their new apprenticeship program. “The Wood Window Restoration Certification is part ...

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Feb 19, 2021

Results of PresPoll #7: COVID-19 Impacts on Preservation

February 2021 PlaceEconomics periodically conducts online surveys on topics of interest to those in historic preservation and related fields. The most recent poll asked about positive and negative impacts of the Coronavirus and the responses to the pandemic taken by preservation professionals. A link to ...

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Feb 10, 2021

The Rewards of International Engagement

By Donovan Rypkema, Principal I am extraordinarily lucky. In 2004, I made the decision to spend as much of the second half of my career as possible working beyond the United States. I formed Heritage Strategies International as a companion company to my domestic firm, ...

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