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Why College Towns Are Happy Towns - The Atlantic Cities
"Happiness defies broad geographic rubrics like Sunbelt and Frostbelt. Here, the contrast between Detroit and nearby Ann Arbor is striking. Ann Arbor's happiness levels and human capital more closely resemble Boulder, Austin, and Silicon Valley than any Rust Belt city."
How Four Women Revived a Derelict Mississippi Town - The New York Times
"What is especially appealing about Water Valley, besides its proximity to Oxford, home to the University of Mississippi and a 25-minute drive away, is that properties haven’t been altered much since the lion’s share of them were built between 1885 and the 1920s."
Secretary Salazar Designates Thirteen New National Historic Landmarks - U.S. Department of the Interior
"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 13 new National Historic Landmarks in nine different states, including a site associated with the famed Apache scouts, the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, and an early 18th-century parish church."
Closer look at plans for Pillsbury A Mill site - StarTribune
"A Twin Cities-based developer is in the final stages of planning the $100 million conversion of the historic Pillsbury A Mill complex, which is expected to offer affordable housing for artists. [...] Because of that historic designation, few changes can be made to the exterior of the building; renderings released Thursday show few changes to the facade, but major changes to courtyards that connect several buildings."
The Death (and Life?) of Miami's Marine Stadium - The Atlantic Cities
"Designed by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela when he was a 27-year-old devotee of Mid-Century Modernism, Miami Marine Stadium opened on Dec. 27, 1963, as a venue for power-boat racing. Young and enamored with Frank Lloyd Wright and Corbusier, Candela saw the building as his opportunity to give Miami a structure that captured its own young spirit."
Case Closed: Manufacturers Hanover Trust Building - Daily Icon
"An agreement reached with preservationists for the Manufacturers Hanover Trust building, a Modernist masterpiece designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) in 1954. As part of the agreement, Vornado, the building’s current owner, asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission to amend the certificate of appropriateness issued in April 2011 to allow the reinstallation of two Harry Bertoia sculptures."
David Garber is the blog editor at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.