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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 Contents 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...

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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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Historic Neighborhood Schools: "E" is for Endangered

Not far from the White House in Washington, D.C., a former African-American Free School, built in 1886, may be razed to make room for a new office building. In Santa Fe, N. Mex., neighbors and parents fear that four historic neighborhood schools, designed by New Mexico`s pre-eminent architect,...

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Overcoming Challenges to Community-Centered Schools

In May 2008, the National Trust launched the “ Helping Johnny Walk to School: Sustaining Communities through Smart School Policies ” project to encourage the retention and development of community-centered schools. Such schools use existing infrastructure and buildings, share spaces for...

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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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Making the Case for Saving a Historic School

A grassroots group has turned the tide in its fight to save a local school. The key: appealing to community values. When the town of Scottsbluff, Neb., put forth a bond initiative that included plans to demolish and replace the Bluffs Middle School (formerly high school), a group of citizens,...