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Untapped Potential: Reuse and Revitalization in American Cities

If older buildings contribute measurably to the success of cities, why are so few of them “protected” in the traditional sense? In cities across the country, the Preservation Green Lab has measured the number of pre–World War II buildings against the number of buildings designated as historic...

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Untapped Potential: Reuse and Revitalization in American Cities

If older buildings contribute measurably to the success of cities, why are so few of them “protected” in the traditional sense? In cities across the country, the Preservation Green Lab has measured the number of pre–World War II buildings against the number of buildings designated as historic...

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Untapped Potential: Strategies for Revitalization and Reuse

Recognizing the environmental, economic, and community benefits of the reuse of vacant and blighted property, the National Trust for Historic Preservation formed the Partnership for Building Reuse in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute in 2012 to enhance opportunities for reuse in major...

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Partnership for Building Reuse: Chicago

Chicago’s older buildings are known the world over as incredible architectural assets. The city is experiencing growth and investment that is bringing population, employment, and vitality back to the city. Townhomes are being rehabilitated and new apartment blocks are sprouting up near...

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Partnership for Building Reuse: Los Angeles

Learning from Los Angeles: Reusing and retrofitting vacant and underused buildings, including more than 10 million square feet of vacant space in the urban core, can help Los Angeles grow more sustainably and meet changing market demands for new uses such as creative office space or housing. ...

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Partnership for Building Reuse: Philadelphia

Retrofitting Philadelphia: What can be done to extend the benefits of revitalization to more neighborhoods and citizens of Philadelphia? The latest in the Partnership for Building Reuse research series, Retrofitting Philadelphia explores the challenges and opportunities related to building...

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Partnership for Building Reuse: Baltimore

Building on Baltimore's History: Leveraging Baltimore's historic assets to support successful and equitable revitalization across the city. Attempting to answer the question of why building reuse has brought new opportunity to certain areas of the city, while other neighborhoods have not yet...

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Partnership for Building Reuse

Chicago More Untapped Potential In 2017, the Preservation Green Lab produced a report, Untapped Potential, which summarizes the Partnership for Building Reuse experience including the common barriers and solutions, as well as a Model Adaptive Reuse Ordinance that can be adopted in any...


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A New Urban Vision

Preservationists have long worked to revitalize historic cities, towns, and neighborhoods. While disinvestment continues to sap central cities and wasteful urban sprawl still grows, we also have seen shining successes in preservation-based initiatives in a number of central cities. Now the...


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ULI Technical Assistance Panel Helps Plan Future for Historic Wintersburg

Historic Wintersburg was once part of a bustling center of community and commerce in one of Southern California’s earliest Japantowns. Yet today the community faces an uncertain future. A Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) conducted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), however, has provided...

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