April 16, 2024
Annapolis, US 70 F

Historic Preservation and Economics: Recent Lessons from Home and Abroad

Historic Downtown Annapolis (3)Mayor Michael Pantelides invites you to a special meeting of the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission featuring a lecture by Donovan Rypkema on April 28th at 630pm at City Hall.

This is part of the “Preservation50” lecture series, presented by the City of Annapolis and co-sponsored by Four Rivers Heritage Area, the Annapolis Partnership and Historic Annapolis.

Guest Speaker: Donovan Rypkema

Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm specializing in services to clients dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. Mr. Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. He has provided ongoing consulting services to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its National Main Street Center. In 2012 the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded him the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the organization’s highest honor, for his work in the preservation field.

In the last two years Rypkema’s firm has completed analyses on the impact of historic preservation on the city level in San Antonio, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, Savannah, and a soon to be released study in New York City. Also using the firm’s Relocal tool, recent reports have been conducted in Cincinnati and Little Rock. Relocal is a data-based approach designed for legacy cities that helps municipal governments allocate scarce resources when populations are shrinking and when vacancy is a major issue. His presentation in Annapolis will report some of the findings of these studies, including: density in historic neighborhoods, the attractiveness of historic districts to start-up, creative, and knowledge-based businesses, walkability scores, the purchasing power in lower income historic neighborhoods often written off because “only poor people live there,” the job creation of the rehabilitation process, additional spending patterns of heritage visitors as compared to tourists in general and other findings.

RSVP to [email protected].

Historic Preservation and Economics: Recent Lessons from Home and abroad is one in a series of lectures scheduled for 2016 in celebration of Preservation50,which recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and is the reason we have a federally-certified historic preservation program in Annapolis.

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