New Albany Renewal

New Albany Renewal is intended to serve as a repository for ideas relevant to preserving and restoring historic buildings, cleaning up neighboorhoods, revitalizing downtown, and improving the quality of life in New Albany, Indiana.

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Next Generation of Preservationists

From the November/December 2005 issue of Preservation magazine:

Dan Holland, a 36-year old who works as a Federal Reserve Bank advisor, watched dozens of buildings in Pittsburgh deteriorate and be demolished. Then he decided to take action and change that trend.

In 2002 he started an the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh. The group, which has 150 members, recruits people of various ethnicities to mitigate urban sprawl, promote downtown revitalization, and protect African American sites in nin southwestern Pnnesylvania counties.

Most of the members are in their 20s and 30s, although anyone can join. In order to attract the next generation Holland has sponsored some activities with a bit of an unusual twist, including a bike tour of historic sites and a "hardhat party" at which attendees toured a restoration site while enjoying music, beer, and food.