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First & Main: Local Elected Officials Fight for Main Street

By John Robert Smith Local elected officials are uniquely positioned to tell federal decision-makers what their communities need to flourish, and scores of them are uniting behind a new blueprint for prosperity in these smaller and midsized communities. The nonpartisan First & Main...

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Winter 2003 Forum Journal: Cities, Suburbs & Countryside

​ Table of Contents * Bringing the Preservation Message to Broader Audiences by Richard Moe * A Welcome to Cleveland by Mayor Jane L. Campbell * Protecting Historic Resources Through Partnerships by Fran P. Mainella * Preserving the Full Scope of America’s Past by Rodney J....

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Tulsa: Urban Neighborhoods Hold the Key to Smart Growth

Y our city, its growth, enterprise, cleanliness, beauty and prosperity is your responsibility. Are you working at it? A city, like a tree, grows as it is trained, straight or crooked. If selfishness dominates it, it will not thrive, and no one will love it. If generous men and women with vision...


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New Alliances Promote Kentucky’s Rich Heritage

My family and the other earlysettlers who came to Kentuckywere drawn by the beauty ofthe land, the richness of thenatural resources, and thepotential for personal and economicprosperity. And theydeveloped a rich tradition ofarchitecture and craftsmanshipthat built on our state’snatural...


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Chicago: Leading America`s Urban Renaissance

Chicago`s historic buildings do much more than remind people about the city`s history. They are an essential part of our approach to economic development, providing opportunities for employment, tourism, investment, and an improved quality of life. After more than a decade as mayor of Chicago,...


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Urban Revitalization: When Rehab Grows Up

"Our allegiance is to the future, not the past." This statement, spoken during a heated discussion about the fate of historic downtown Pittsburgh in light of the most recent urban renewal proposal, was not stated by the project developer or by city redevelopment staff. Instead, the chairman...


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City Renewal is Smart Growth

The following is an excerpt from a speech prepared for a statewide conference on smart growth held in Greensboro, N.C., in January 2000. Plans for inner-city projects must take into account that cities are characterized by continuous change and by economic and social diversity. As a result,...


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How Preservationists Can Use Public Opinion Surveys on Sprawl

Sprawl and smart growth are on the minds of many Americans. A February 1999 survey released by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism found that in the four cities surveyed-Denver, Philadelphia, San Francis-co, and Tampa-a cluster of issues including sprawl, unfettered growth, and traffic...


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Better Not Bigger – Keep the Lid on DC Buildings

By Edward T. McMahon This post originally appeared in March 2013 on Urban Land. Reprinted courtesy of Edward T. McMahon and the Urban Land Institute. For more on the DC Height Act check out our earlier blog post here . The DC Office of Planning is taking public comments on the...

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The D.C. Height Act: Your Take

More images of the proposed changes can be found here on www.washingtonpost.com The District of Columbia’s venerable Height Act is a time-tested tool that has shaped and protected our nation’s capital for more than a century. Now preservationists have an opportunity to...

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