Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

People do make a difference: historic preservation edition

The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal World has a story, "Building the case for historic preservation," about Dennis Brown, the president of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance. His interest in preservation was first sparked by plans to demolish the local, then abandoned, Union Pacific Depot. He and others developed and led a successful campaign to restore the building, which is now used as a visitors center. (Depot-visitors center is pictured left, Internet photo by Douglas.)

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