Hey, Watch Where You're Rightsizing!

As city leaders look at ways to shrink Lansing, Michigan to a more sustainable size, historic preservationists say "Stop, Look and Listen" before you go clearing out neighborhoods of historic residences.
September 22, 2011, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Brenna Maloney explains that Lansing is somewhat unique in that its economic base isn't doing too badly. But the city is considering clearing some neighborhoods that sit in a flood plain.

Maloney says sometimes the right thing to do in historic preservation is to save homes at the neighborhood level like these:

"In a shrinking city, what is most important to preserve is not necessarily the monumental buildings, or the interesting river front warehouses, or the breath-taking architect-designed mansions. No, the most important things to save are the places that the people that do the living and working in those places themselves love – the places that define who they are."

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Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011 in National Trust For Historic Preservation
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