Written by Brent Leggs, Author, Preserving African American Historic Places, and Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Melissa Jest in front of the John Coltrane House
Sitting in the beautiful and historic St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., sipping on a gimlet, preservation advocate Melissa Jest admires the space:“This place is a wonderful example of preservation in action.”
As we began to sip our drinks and discover the layers of history around us, Jest said: “The tools used to save St. Regis shouldn’t be kept a secret. What if local developers [from diverse communities] had the tools to bring life to vacant and fragile historic resources?”
To Jest, preservation has the potential to go to scale and increase its impact. She says cities with years of disinvestment can recover when preservation tools are used by developers at every level. As we continued to chat about preservation’s potential, I posed four questions that begin to reveal her thoughts for sustaining community character.... Read More →
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