2014 Community Luncheon

Tickets Available for April 24th Community Luncheon


Join us for lunch and a presentation by one of the nation’s leading experts in the fields of economics, real estate, and historic preservation. Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics, will explain how historic preservation and strategic demolition can inform rightsizing efforts and help regenerate shrinking cities, with a focus on upstate New York cities like Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

Bulldoze Your Way to Revitalization?
The Role of Historic Preservation in Rightsizing

As some historic cities and towns are prospering, others are dealing with significant numbers of vacant and abandoned properties—the effects of decades-long economic and population shifts. These shifts affect historic residential neighborhoods, central business districts, and neighborhood commercial corridors, leaving older properties empty and historic landscapes pocked with vacant land and buildings.

However, older places contain the necessary ingredients for revitalization as strong, vibrant places to live, work, and do business. Downtowns and commercial corridors offer economical spaces for start-ups and established businesses, a convenient transportation network, and a customer base within walking distance. Historic neighborhoods are filled with beautiful, well-built houses that are close to shopping, schools, and transit. Perhaps most importantly, older cities and neighborhoods have a unique sense of place that is in high demand by young professionals, empty-nesters, and people who want to live where things happened in the past and are happening now: places with a strong sense of history and opportunity.

Thursday, April 24 | 12:00 pm | Ballroom 384 @ East Avenue Inn & Suites, 384 East Ave., Rochester | Tickets: $45 | Click here to purchase your tickets

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AIA/CES credits offered through AIA Rochester.

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Luncheon sponsored by Clinton Brown Company Architecture, pc.

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Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics, was educated at Columbia University, where he received a Masters of Science degree in Historic Preservation.  He has lectured widely on economic and preservation issues relating to rehabilitation, community development and commercial revitalization. His specific fields of consultation include feasibility analyses for real estate and market analysis, economic revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial centers, and the rehabilitation of historic structures.  He is author of several publications, including Community Initiated Development, The Economics of Rehabilitation, the Downtown Real Estate Development Series and others. In the fall of 2012 Rypkema received the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Crowninshield Award is the nation’s highest preservation honor and awarded for lifetime contribution to historic preservation in the United States.


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