Buffalo’s Young Preservationists and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are hosting a conference to discuss preservation’s role in revitalizing Legacy Cities. Legacy Cities, sometimes called Right-sizing or Rust Belt Cities, formed the basis of our country’s growth early in the 20th century but have since experienced severe population decline, segregation, and poverty. These cities often have significant historic structures and neighborhoods that have fallen into disrepair or been abandoned. Demolition is often viewed as the only answer to these problems.
Surely there must be other options for our cities. What role can preservation play? What role should preservation play in making important decisions regarding our cities’ futures? How do we ensure that preservation is fair in telling the story of everyone in our community? And perhaps most importantly- what kind of city do we want for our future?