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Summer 2012 Forum Journal: Green and Local Powers Preservation

​ Cities both large and small are embracing sustainability for a number of reasons and in a variety of different ways. The Summer 2012 issue of Forum Journal focuses on the efforts of local communities to integrate historic preservation with sustainability goals. These efforts range from ...


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Winter 2009 Forum Journal: Viewpoints

Table of Content Taking a "Grass-Tops" Approach to Lobbying by Paul Bruhn, Myrick Howard, and Gregory Paxton Overcoming Challenges to Community-Centered Schools by Renee Kuhlman Factory Farms: A Bad Choice for Rural America by Jennifer Sandy Rosebud and Wolf Mountains...

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Summer 2011 Forum Journal: Buffalo: A Living Laboratory for Preservation

The city of Buffalo, N.Y., has been called one of the country’s best-kept architectural secrets and a “textbook” for modern American buildings. This metropolis, which thrived in the 19th and early 20th century as a transportation and industrial center, boasts buildings by H. H. Richardson, Frank...


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Helping Johnny Walk to School

Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, in 2008 the National Trust launched the Helping Johnny Walk to School: Sustaining Communities through Smart School Siting Policies program to help localities site...

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Preserving Buffalo’s Historic Public Schools for the 21st Century

In January 2000 the Buffalo City School District embarked on an ambitious project of reconstructing virtually its entire stock of aging school buildings. Ultimately costing more than $1.3 billion, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013. Divided into five phases, three of the phases...

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Model Policies for Preserving Historic Schools

This article is based on Constance Beaumont’s State Policies and School Facilities and the publication Recommended Policies for Public School Facilities , researched and drafted by Ms. Stevenson and Sydney Becker, state and local policy program assistant in the Department of Public...

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How to Save a Threatened High School? Try Doggedness and Research

In January 1997 preservationists in Louisville, Ky., faced a problem that has become all too familiar in communities throughout the U.S. The Jefferson County school system announced plans to demolish the old Male High School building, a downtown landmark listed in the National Register of...

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New Tools Advance the Historic Neighborhood Schools Initiative

The National Trust launched its Historic Neighborhood Schools Initiative in 2000, after receiving dozens of calls from communities seeking help in preserving their neighborhood schools. This caused historic neighborhood schools to be placed on the Trust’s list of the nation’s 11 Most...

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Back to School: An Update on Public Policy and Historic Schools

Promoting the continued use of long-standing neighborhood schools has become an important public policy issue for preservationists and others. We’ve come to recognize that schools are more than just buildings, and that there is more at stake than merely saving distinguished or appealing...