Conference about difficult historic preservation to be held in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – A conference will be held in September concerning the preservation of historic and cultural significance in the ailing city.

The conference – “Neighborhoods in America’s Legacy Cities: A Dialogue in Detroit” – is scheduled to held September 13-16 at Wayne State University’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center in Detroit.  It is presented by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Wayne State.

Organizers say it will build on conversations from 2014 in Cleveland about historic preservation in legacy cities. They describe legacy cities as places where population loss and long-term economic decline present complicated challenges for the future of historic resources and significant cultural heritage.  Discussions will revolve around historic preservation in U.S. cities with troubled economies and population losses, such as Detroit.

Detroit’s population has dropped to about 700,000 from 1.8 million in the 1950s.



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