Preservation Tuesday: Next month's NTHP Annual Meeting is in Savannah
next month's national meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's in Savannah, which is a great place to visit.
The meeting is from Tuesday November 11th to Friday November 14th. Many of the field sessions are sold out.
-- Conference Program
If you haven't been to an NTHP* meeting, I highly recommend going, as attendance can accelerate significantly your knowledge of urban revitalization, especially if you on some great tours. It's been many years since I've attended one, but I have gone to meetings in Cleveland, Louisville, Portland, St. Paul, and Pittsburgh and I learned so much from each meeting, tours, independent explorations while there, using their transit systems, and staying for the most part in distinctive lodgings..
(*The annual meetings of the American Planning Association and the National Main Street Center are equally worthwhile. Because these meetings move around the country, it's not too hard to attend one of the meetings when they make it to your part of the country.)
There are some great restaurants and retailers, although I have to admit, the last time I was there I was surprised to see how much of the downtown retail district was under-utilized. (The Leopold's ice cream shop is over rated.)
The city also has some interesting transportation demand management initiatives focused on mitigating negative impacts from tourism (case study within this document).
My experience with the visitor center is that they weren't all that friendly, which was notable because most visitor centers have very engaging personnel.
However, interestingly, the founders of the college own the properties separately and personally, rather than the properties being owned by the college. See "What Art-School Kids In Savannah Teach Us About Urban Renewal" from Fast Company, "The empire SCAD built" from the Savannah Morning News" and the SCAD study on economic impact of the college.
Recent articles on Savannah
1. The New York Times Travel section has a nice feature, "Savannah, Both Sides."
2. The Wall Street Journal has a piece, "Savannah Preservationists Stymie a Developer's Comeback," communicating the displeasure of real estate developers who have acquired a bunch of properties on Broughton Street of having to deal with historic preservation concerns.
3. The WSJ Magazine mentions the restaurant, The Grey, which is located in the old Greyhound bus station, which is undergoing renovation, so the restaurant is not yet open.