Every other year, NAPC gathers preservation commissioners and staff for FORUM, where we can all learn from one another and from a host of experts. This July we return to our organization’s roots in the South and to the home of the oldest Mardi Gras festival in the country, Mobile, Alabama. Not only a vibrant community with a rich history and a fantastic array of heritage assets, Mobile also exemplifies so many cities across the country today, facing the challenge of development pressures as a result of the Great Recession, keeping historic districts relevant, climate impact, and political winds.
We look forward to continuing the national dialogue from previous FORUMs in such a remarkable community. This issue provides a small preview of the great things to see and hear at FORUM 2016.