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Building Codes Get Smarter

…a dramatic rise in historic preservation and downtown revitalization projects. In 1998, the first year of the new Subcode, historic rehabilitation projects totaled $510 million, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. In 1999,…

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I See Usability

…scraping every damn summer. I did eventually turn into a historic preservation specialist during the 90s — I have the distinction of being responsible for listing some of the ugliest buildings on the National Register…

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My Corner of North Carolina’s “Triangle”

…Association, 2003) ↩ The National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Nation Main Street Center (NMSC)” ↩ Quoting from “Getting Started: How to Succeed in Cultural Heritage Tourism” [on National Trust for Historic Preservation web site] ↩…

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Public Outreach Through Video

…2003) ↩ The National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Nation Main Street Center (NMSC)” ↩ Quoting from “Getting Started: How to Succeed in Cultural Heritage Tourism” [on National Trust for Historic Preservation web site] ↩ More…

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Rail Redux – Part 1

…of the Cincinnati Museum Center, the largest cultural institution in the city. Cincinnati’s only Amtrak service today: one three day/week train. Note: the Terminal is also on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of…

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Design Arrogance

…design work to be done. The ignorant NIMBY rabble kept getting in the way. Early in my career I worked as a public historian and historic preservation specialist, so rather than launch immediately into my…

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Downtown Hurdles

…The same thing goes for preserving your community’s historic buildings. I’ve seen lots of comprehensive plans that have a token paragraph that says something like, “Historic preservation is a priority for the community, etc.”, but…

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Zoning for Aesthetics

…The National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Nation Main Street Center (NMSC)” ↩ Quoting from “Getting Started: How to Succeed in Cultural Heritage Tourism” [on National Trust for Historic Preservation web site] ↩ More information on…

C is for Comprehensive Plan

C is for Comprehensive Plan

A community’s comprehensive plan is not just a file cabinet full of plans for future streets; parks and recreation; housing; fire protection; environmental protection; historic preservation; land use zoning; sewers; ground drainage and flood protection;…

Part 1: What Is a Form-Based Code?

Part 1: What Is a Form-Based Code?

…development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Her recent projects have been completed in a variety of diverse locales, including: Peoria, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Farmers Branch, Texas; Prince George’s County, Maryland;…