Posted by: wadahp | November 16, 2009


 You are Invited to a Special Community Event!  

Sustainability, Economics and Historic Preservation  

 A Presentation by Donovan Rypkema

Date:            December 7, 2009
Time:           7:00 pm
Location:        Carwein Auditorium                
University of Washington Tacoma                
Keystone Building Room 102  


How does historic preservation contribute to sustainability?

What are the economic benefits of historic preservation?  

As part of its Historic Preservation Plan and Policy update project, the City of Tacoma is hosting a free presentation on economic and sustainability considerations in historic preservation. Community members, professionals and students are invited to attend.  

The event will feature Donovan Rypkema, one of the leading national figures in the field of historic preservation, economic revitalization and real estate market analysis. Mr. Rypkema is the principal of the Washington, DC-based consulting firm PlaceEconomics which specializes in downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. He is the author of several publications, including The Economics of Historic Preservation.   

Mr. Rypkema’s presentation will focus on the importance of linking historic preservation strategies with community-wide goals for sustainability and economic development. This discussion will help set the stage for updated goals and policies that will be part of Tacoma’s new Historic Preservation Plan, which is currently under development.



  1. If we cannot attend this event, will his comments be available afterwards online?

  2. Sandy – I’ve emailed Reuben McKnight to ask him to reply to your comment since this is not our event.

  3. Sandy: thanks for your interest. We plan to post follow up online at under the “Preservation Plan” link. We are currently working on the possibility of filming the event, but haven’t finalized this yet.

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