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CityLove: Get Ready, Philly!

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 5 Comments

 

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Credit: Jason Clement/National Trust for Historic Preservation, Instagram
In #Philly, old #buildings have big hearts and simple messages. #philAdelphia #pa #love #loveletter #preservation #savingplaces #urban #urbanex #cities #citylovephl #igers_philly #igphilly #streetart #mural #graffiti #listenwithyourheart -- @SavingPlaces

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking CityLove to the next level.

Since January, our urban infatuation has played out mostly here on our blog, where we have celebrated great American cities and the place-savers who call them home. But now, we’re ready for our love to be an in-real-life kind of affair.

This June 14-20, we’re packing our bags for a place that truly lives up to one of its many nicknames -- “The City That Loves You Back.” That’s right; We’re Philadelphia-bound for an entire week of meet-ups, parties, and behind-the-scenes photo tours, all taking place inside some of the city’s most iconic -- and of course, historic -- places.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Preservation in Progress: Main Street Revitalizes Conrad, Iowa

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Credit: Conrad Chamber, MainStreet
The Record building in Conrad, Iowa, seen before its renovation in winter 2013

Though I now live in Washington, D.C., my home will always be Conrad, Iowa -- population 1,108 and Black Dirt Capital of the World. Conrad was actually how I first heard about the National Main Street Center, which is now a subsidiary of the National Trust. My town boasted one of Main Street Iowa’s original Rural Main Streets (populations less than 5,000) and I have fond memories of when my mom had a business in Conrad and was involved with Main Street.

Each time I go home, I notice small differences, but when I was home during Christmas this past year, major changes were underway. As Darla Ubben, the Conrad Chamber-Main Street Program Director, explains in this more in-depth Preservation Leadership Forum blog post, Conrad received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to carry out a facade improvement program on 22 storefronts and four rear facades.

I snapped some photos last winter while work was underway, and convinced my younger brother Clark to get some as well in early May when the work was nearly complete. I hope you enjoy seeing some of these great preservation-in-progress photos!

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Tour Chattanooga by Instagram

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

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Credit: @fox_in_its_hole, Instagram
Some of my favorite things…#coolidgepark #tennesseeriver #lookout mountain #deltaqueenriverboat #fallleaves #marketstreetbridge #tennesseeaquarium #blueskies @tiltshift #riverboat-- @fox _in_its_hole, Jamie Leigh

We love Jamie’s picture because it has so many of our favorite parts of Chattanooga -- the river, a historic bridge, and of course, one of our National Treasures, the Delta Queen Steamboat.

As part of CityLove, our ongoing blog series, we’re exploring Chattanooga, Tenn. Last week we did an overview of the city, and this week we’re taking you on an Instagram tour.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Chattanooga Edition

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 

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Chattanooga, Tenn., looking toward Lookout Mountain (center left). From left to right, the bridges are: the Walnut Street Bridge (with the Hunter Museum of American Art at its base), the Market Street Bridge (officially called the the Chief John Ross Bridge), and the P.R. Oligati Bridge. 

Last week, National Trust staff members attended the annual Vanguard gathering hosted by Next City in Chattanooga, Tenn., which is where we are headed for our next edition of CityLove!

While Vanguard attendees and the National Trust staff worked to “collectively learn and think about how to tackle the challenges our cities face," they also spent some time exploring the city.

Chattanooga hasn’t always been so beautiful. In 1969, the federal government declared that Chattanooga had the dirtiest air in the nation, and since then, the city has been on a mission to clean up its image. The road to recovery hasn't been easy (the city lost 10 percent of its population in the 1980s), but substantial private and public investment has turned Chattanooga around, earning it a new nickname -- "The Scenic City."

Now known for its many outdoor attractions like Lookout Mountain (not to mention its Incline Railway), the Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden, historic preservation is certainly part of the scenery as well.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Tour Atlanta by Instagram

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 2 Comments

 


On a beautiful day like today, you should be here. #Atlanta -- @discoveratlanta, Discover Atlanta

Last week, we visited Atlanta for our CityLove series, and this week we’re back with a tour by Instagram. In addition to highlighting some exceptional Atlanta "Instagrammers," we wanted to showcase some of the places that readers mentioned in the first blog post.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.