Legacy city preservation is pragmatic, collaborative, and community-centered. I am a thought leader in the emerging movement, with 7+ years of direct experience including organizational formation and numerous speeches, presentations, and publications.
Preservation Rightsizing Network
I co-founded and direct the Preservation Rightsizing Network, which works in legacy cities to preserve local heritage and revitalize the built environment. PRN provides ways to engage, shares best practices, and develops new tools to strengthen communities for the future. Current and past projects include convening focused workshops, supporting the national Legacy City Preservation conference series, organizing conference sessions, and implementing the Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities.
Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities
The Action Agenda offers a pragmatic framework for preservationists, planners, land bank officials, and others who want to leverage older and historic buildings and neighborhoods to make communities stronger, healthier, and more equitable. It is an invitation for people who care about the built and intangible legacy of American cities to strategically collaborate as these places are reshaped over the next months and years. The Action Agenda is being implemented by the Preservation Rightsizing Network, beginning with a local pilot project in Detroit's Live6 area.
I led the collaborative development of the Action Agenda, from co-facilitating the source workshop to authoring the text to coordinating multiple rounds of partner and committee review.
As Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative at PlaceEconomics, I worked with Donovan Rypkema to develop Relocal, a data-based tool to strengthen neighborhoods by strategically leveraging vacant and abandoned properties. Relocal uses 80+ metrics to evaluate neighborhood vitality and provides an array of parcel-level options for each vacant property.