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Top Tips from SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ Citywide Historic Resources Survey

By Janet Hansen and Sara Delgadillo Cruz This year marks a milestone for historic preservation in Los Angeles with the completion of SurveyLA. The concept for the project began in 2000, when the Getty Conservation Institute initiated a multiyear feasibility study to review best practices and...

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PastForward: Technology Reading List

​ Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing our annual reading lists leading up to PastForward 2017. As always, these lists present curated videos, articles, and projects that we hope will spark discussions in Chicago come November 14–17. Super early bird registration ends August 4. ...

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Better Data, Broader Audiences: Technological Growth at the National Park Service

By Deidre McCarthy, Richard O' Connor, and Catherine Lavoie In honor of the 2016 anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), Preservation Leadership Forum is hosting a series of blog posts highlighting its programs and history. In these posts NPS staff look back and on how far the...

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Saving Downtown El Paso

By Max Grossman, Ph.D In spring 2009 I flew to El Paso, Texas, to interview for an entry-level professorship at the University of Texas. As an architectural historian, I was curious about the historic core of El Paso, whose origins could be traced back to the Spanish colonial period, and my...

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ScoutMuncie: Lessons from a Legacy City Survey

Originally Posted March 15, 2016 By Briana Grosicki A volunteer surveyor in the field. | Photo by Briana Grosicki 1985—the year the last historic resource survey was conducted in Muncie, Indiana. Almost 30 years later, in 2014, the city received nearly $4 million in...

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Summer 2013 Forum Journal: Preservation in the City

In 1966 the Lovin’ Spoonful recorded “Summer in the City,” a song about hot days and about finding the right girl. But “despite the heat it'll be alright” in our nation’s big cities, according to the contributors to the summer issue of the Forum Journal . These authors, city dwellers all,...

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Los Angeles’ Citywide Historic Resources Survey Aims to Break New Ground

When most Americans think about historic preservation, cities like New Orleans, Savannah, or Boston might first jump to mind—but certainly not Los Angeles. Yet, despite its perennial image as a “city of the future” with little real history, Los Angeles boasts a diverse and...