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During the May 5, 2011 business meeting, ACHP members had the opportunity to hear from a panel regarding rightsizing which was led by the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and included the regional director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Midwest Office. The panel explained the effect of shrinking populations in older communities on the local economy, infrastructure, and real property. While many of the communities challenged by rightsizing are located in the Northeast and the “Rust Belt,” a number of cities in other areas of the nation are affected, too. Since the panel discussion revealed that historic preservation is typically not included in the analysis of alternatives to stabilize and revitalize communities, the ACHP chairman concluded that there would be a benefit from getting the ACHP involved in this discussion. Following the business meeting, Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson appointed a task force to address the issue of “rightsizing.”
Rightsizing as defined by the ACHP is the redevelopment of the community in response to prolonged job and population loss, housing vacancy and abandonment, and deterioration of infrastructure, all of which create challenges in the management of stabilization and reinvestment efforts in existing neighborhoods. The community’s response to rightsizing would ideally be a holistic approach to developing and implementing plans and activities that improve land use, real estate, infrastructure, and other systems needed to enhance quality of life, job creation, and the delivery of social services.
The purpose of the ACHP’s task force is to advise the Administration and Congress on policies, procedural improvements, and incentives to promote usable models for the redevelopment of urban and regional areas suffering from the consequences of permanent and long-term job and population loss and excessive property abandonment and vacancies. The task force had its first meeting in July 2011 and has met on a monthly basis thereafter.
For additional information on the ACHP’s Rightsizing Task Force, please contact Ms. Jaime Loichinger, Office of Federal Agency Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composition of the Rightsizing Task Force
The Task Force members include the following:
The Task Force also draws on the expertise of other ACHP members and outside advisors, including the ACHP Alumni Foundation, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Domestic Policy Council.
Rightsizing and Historic Preservation Links
Task Force Activities
Activities carried out by the Task Force include the following:
Rightsizing Task Force Produces Final Report of Its Findings
In addition, case studies will be posted that highlight public/private initiatives and Tax Act project that have been used to successfully respond to rightsizing. The ACHP is also teaming up with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to produce a blog about the topic. More information will be available soon.
Updated March 1, 2014