The Louisiana Landmarks Society (Landmarks) will present in partnership with the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Resource Center a public forum on alternatives to demolition for blighted historic properties in the twelve local historic districts and the twenty-nine National Historic Districts in New Orleans. “Fighting Blight Right: A Panel Forum on Alternatives to Demolition” will feature a panel of experts on a variety of techniques to preserve the historic, cultural fabric of the city’s built environment.
The forum will be moderated by New Orleans cultural geographer and author Richard Campanella. The panel experts include: Dunbar Argote, MAI appraiser with 35 years experience in the New Orleans real estate industry; Jonn Hankins, Director of the New Orleans African American Museum; Neal Morris of Redmellon Restoration and Development; Alison Saunders, tax incentives director for the State Division of Historic Preservation; attorney and neighborhood preservation leader Camille Strachan; District “C” City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; and Michelle Kimball, Preservation Resource Center’s Senior Advocate. With a goal of moving the city forward and beyond demolition as a singular option, alternative strategies to be discussed include adaptive reuse, deconstruction and salvage, as well as mothballing, to name a few on a wide spectrum of viable solutions to blight.
What: A moderated panel forum on viable alternatives to demolition to address New Orleans’ blight problem. The forum seeks to engage an audience of city, state, and federal policymakers, media, neighborhood organizations, housing non-profits, and members of the public.
Title: Fighting Blight Right: A Panel Forum on Alternatives to Demolition
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 8000 block of Plum Street, New Orleans
When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:30 PM
Who: Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Resource Center
Cost: FREE and open to the public