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Historic Preservation in Philadelphia: New Tools for an Old City

By Seri Worden and Patrick Grossi In November 2019, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney signed into law three new bills that remove barriers and incentivize historic preservation in one of our nation’s most historic cities. These bills will allow for a more flexible and supportive regulatory...

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Demolition by Neglect

Process of allowing a building to deteriorate to the point where demolition is necessary to protect public health and safety. Source : Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources Protection ....


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Harvard Study Compares Demolition to Rehabilitation

By: Thomas A. Jorgensen Gothic Revival House in Cleveland - After | Credit: Cleveland Restoration Society It costs the City of Cleveland $10,000 to demolish a vacant house. But what if that money was used instead to rehab the house? Can a vacant property be...

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Preservation and Rightsizing: Strategic Demolition in Detroit

Piecemeal demolition - in conjunction with demolition by neglect and other factors - has contributed to the slow erosion of neighborhoods across the city. Pictured: Detroit's East Side | Emilie Evans By Emilie Evans Large-scale demolition can feel like a punch in the gut to...

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