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Historic Preservation and the Local Economy

April 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Historic preservation is rightfully valued for its aesthetic and cultural contributions to a city. But more and more the economic, social, and environmental contributions are being identified and measured. Join Donovan Rypkema for a presentation that will present evidence from a dozen recent city-level studies about preservation’s role in attracting knowledge and creative class workers, generating local jobs, providing walkable neighborhoods, and other positive contributions.

Donovan Rypkema, president of Heritage Strategies International and principal of PlaceEconomic. Rypkema has undertaken assignments in 49 US States and more than 50 countries. Among recent projects include studies of the impact of historic preservation in New York and Los Angeles, and recommendations for incentives for Modern Heritage in Abu Dhabi. He is the author of The Economics of Historic Preservation which has been translated into Russian, Korean, and Georgian and the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings.

Rypkema teaches preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching In 2012, he was the recipient of the Crowninshield Award from the National Trust. The Crowninshield is the nation’s highest preservation award and is presented for lifetime contributions to the field of historic preservation.



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April 7, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT