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Denver study shows disaster plans often neglect historic preservation

New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows many communities fail to take historic preservation into account when planning for natural disasters, risking a loss of heritage and critical engines of the local economy in the event of catastrophe.

New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows many communities fail to take historic preservation into account when planning for natural disasters, risking a loss of heritage and critical engines of the local economy in the event of catastrophe.

“A lot of cultural and historic resources worldwide are at risk when natural hazards strike,” said study author Andrew Rumbach, assistant professor of planning and design at CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, a major center of timely, topical and relevant research. “And even though we know this, very few resources are dedicated to protecting them.” The study, co-authored by Douglas Appler, the Helen Edwards Abell Chair in Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky, was published in the most recent issue of theJournal of the American Planning Association…

 

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