This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the newsClick on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.


A Lot of Tiny Pieces Lost – Next City

For cities struggling with large numbers of vacant buildings, “‘The question isn’t, ‘what we should demolish on this block,’ but, ‘what should we be focusing our energy on?’” said Cara Bertron, director of PlaceEconomics’ Rightsizing Cities Initiative and a Next City Vanguard alum. “Long-term thinking is critical. What will this neighborhood look like in 10 years? In 20 years? If you make decisions based on what’s going to happen in the next six months, it’s just going to be a mess in six months and the city won’t be any better off.’”

Lagering Tunnels Reopened in Cincinnati! – Queen City Drinks


Worker reopen and restore lagering tunnel in Cincinnati’s OTR Brewery District. Image via Queen City Drinks.

An icon of Cincinnati’s rich brewing history is the lagering tunnel – an underground tunnel used to age lager beers at the cool and constant temperature of “58.6 degrees Fahrenheit provided by 30 to 40 feet of earth.” In past decades, many of lagering tunnels were sealed due to unsafe conditions and disuse. Today, they are being reopened and restored in the new Over-The-Rhine Brewery District. Click through to learn more about the tunnels and how you can get inside them!

[Editor’s note: originally, the brewery district was referred to as a distillery district. Thanks, Tom, for pointing out the mistake! ] 

Urban Change to Believe In – RobertaBrandes Gratz at Huffington Post

“It is time to celebrate urban change, not the old kind of change that Ken Jackson and Ed Glaeser celebrate with new skyscrapers continuously replacing old buildings. That view of change reflects an antiquated notion of what growth is all about. No, it is time to celebrate the new kind of change that manages growth by balancing old and new and recognizes that the new derives its value from existing in the midst of the old.”  Click through for more!

[Ten on Tuesday] How to Preserve African-American Historic Places – PreservationNation

Folks from the Blue Grass Trust and the First African Foundation waiting for the tour to begin.

Folks from the Blue Grass Trust and the First African Foundation in front of the former First African Baptist Church. It was constructed in 1856 when most of its congregation was still enslaved.

“In honor of our country’s recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — and in light of this week’s Congressional Black Caucus annual conference with its exciting focus on the many ways preservation can benefit African-American communities — [Tuesday’s] toolkit features tips and case studies to help you save sites of African-American heritage in your community.”  If you missed it, be sure to check out Bricks + Mortar’s post about the First African Baptist Church in Lexington and the struggle to preserve it!

Baltimore’s Three-Part System for Dealing with Vacant Properties– Next City


Image via Next City

“Baltimore is no stranger to blight and urban decay. The city has lost roughly one-third of its total population since 1950, and its 620,000 current residents live among more than 16,000 vacant properties that drag down property values and generate feelings of hopelessness in many struggling neighborhoods.  Reversing blight is no easy undertaking. It requires serious dollars, transparent commitment and reliable data to develop a true vision for revitalization. These three components make up the mission of Baltimore Housing, a dual-agency group comprised of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) essentially operating as one cohesive unit.”



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