Natural resource conservation and historic preservation: Never the twain shall meet? A potential solution centered in equity and inclusion

As I was listening to the session on “A New Framework for Blended Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment” from PastForward 2020 (the US National Trust for Historic Preservation’s…

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Cultural history vs. cultural significance: Confused local attempts at increasing diversity in the preservation ordinance

Recently, changes to the City of Denver’s Landmark Preservation Ordinance became effective to allow the designation of buildings and places that have “cultural significance.” This change is, in the words…

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Local preservation ordinances: A one size fits all approach to social injustice

In a recent study, Avrami et al. (2018), found 86% of the local historic preservation ordinances sampled across the United States are nearly 100% derivative of the standards for significance…

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Social justice and using heritage values to prioritize climate change decisions

Erin Seekamp (NC State University), Sandra Fatorić (Delft University of Technology), and Allie McCreary (Western Kentucky University) just published "Historic Preservation Priorities for Climate Adaptation” in Ocean and Coastal Management that’s worth a close…

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