I’ve been working on my thesis, which is about preservation policy in postindustrial cities that have experienced substantial population loss. It’s an important conversation that will help determine how our cities will look, feel, and be in the future. Many people are talking about “rightsizing” – the process of adjusting cities’ physical plants to meet the actual population. And there are many programs designed to help homeowners buy and rehabilitate houses, historic or not. However, there seems to be a general lack of comprehensive thought about preservation in “rightsizing” efforts. It’s frustrating, but an enormous opportunity – if I can get a handle on everything else.

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