Jul 10, 2016

Results of PresPoll #4: Are We Compatible?

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 ...

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Jun 10, 2016

Results of PresPoll #3: Main Street

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, ...

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May 10, 2016

Results of PresPoll #2 – Adaptive Reuse

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 ...

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Apr 10, 2016

PresPoll #1 Results: Biggest Preservation Win & Loss in 2015

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 ...

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Oct 10, 2012

RCI takes a road trip!

Summer is the season for road trips. We took a long one in June, winding up to Milwaukee from Georgia, looping through Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, then dipping down to New Orleans for a big conference and some beignets. We ate our fair share of ...

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Jan 09, 2012

And that’s the thanks they get…..small business and the American economy

We all know the litany of huge corporations who were bailed out by the US taxpayers under BOTH George Bush and Barack Obama (and those who don’t acknowledge the responsibility of both for that irresponsible idiocy are letting your partisanship get in the way of ...

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Nov 09, 2011

Citizens (and their government) doing the right thing

If you listen to the Tea Party people the government can’t do anything right; if you listen to the Occupy Wall Street people the government is the answer to all our problems. Both are not only misguided, they’re simply silly and ignore great examples of ...

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Aug 09, 2011

Common Sense to the Economic Debate

Thoughts from a Militant Moderate OK, nothing I am suggesting will immediately get us out of the fiscal mess we’re in…only time, common sense, and a willingness to put country over party will do that. But the demagogic, ideological lunatics on both sides of the ...

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Jul 09, 2011

Independence Day 2011

How embarrassing. Two hundred and thirty five years ago, patriots gathered in Philadelphia to pledge their wealth, their lives, and their sacred honor for America’s independence. What do we have today? A Congress filled with men and women who exchange their pledges for payments from ...

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Feb 09, 2010

The Word is Getting Around

Two excellent columns have been written on the Obama administration’s decision to trash the Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America programs. One late last week appeared in Treehuggerwritten by Lloyd Atler. The other appeared today in the Seattle based publication Crosscut written by Knute Berger. ...

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