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Habits Of Housing Policy: The Role Of Historical Decision-Making Tendencies In Shaping Contemporary Philadelphia Policy, Katherine Randall Jan 2019

Habits Of Housing Policy: The Role Of Historical Decision-Making Tendencies In Shaping Contemporary Philadelphia Policy, Katherine Randall

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis assesses the extent to which historic decision-making tendencies influence contemporary Philadelphia policy. Philadelphia has a distinctive stock of rowhouses built throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries which today provides more housing units than are needed by the population. The excess housing stock means that Philadelphia could invest in reuse rather than new construction to meet demand for affordable rental housing, a path which avoids demolition and displacement in communities which have faced disinvestment in the past. However, current Philadelphia policy appears to favor new construction of housing.

Using primary and secondary sources, this thesis examines patterns in past ...


Great Adaptations: Shaping The Future Of Historic Preservation In Philadelphia Through An Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, Violette Harrington Levy Jan 2018

Great Adaptations: Shaping The Future Of Historic Preservation In Philadelphia Through An Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, Violette Harrington Levy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Widespread vacancy and long-term disinvestment in neighborhoods across the City of Philadelphia have left historic preservation efforts and opportunities at a crossroads. The properties currently listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places represent only a small fraction of the city’s built fabric that is eligible for such recognition. Therefore, it is crucial for the City of Philadelphia to look towards the future, and develop a strategy that will encourage more opportunities for historic preservation to take place. This thesis asserts that Philadelphia would benefit from enacting an Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which would both allow for and encourage expanded ...


Preservation Frontiers: Adding Urban Homesteading To The Historic Preservation Toolkit, Jessica L. Neubelt Jan 2017

Preservation Frontiers: Adding Urban Homesteading To The Historic Preservation Toolkit, Jessica L. Neubelt

Theses (Historic Preservation)

In the 1970s, cities across the country began implementing urban homesteading programs, in which they transferred surplus vacant housing units to hopeful homeowners for the low cost of $1 and a two-year commitment to rehabilitating and occupying the unit as a primary residence. The goals of these programs were varied, but typically included neighborhood stabilization, affordable housing, and incentivizing the return of wealthier households back to urban neighborhoods. This thesis argues that, while homesteading programs achieved mixed results in regards to these goals, they did achieve historic preservation outcomes.

In order to support this proposition, this thesis examines the history ...


Lots Of Potential: Strengthening The Philadelphia Land Bank With Preservation, Mary Amelia Lambert Jan 2016

Lots Of Potential: Strengthening The Philadelphia Land Bank With Preservation, Mary Amelia Lambert

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Prolific vacancy in Philadelphia’s built environment is a major challenge as the city enjoys a resurgence in population and development. The creation of the Philadelphia Land Bank is widely seen as a necessary and useful tool to address the productive reuse of vacant properties. Preservation, however, is not a component of the land bank’s policies and procedures. This thesis asserts that the goals of the land bank are actually well aligned with those of preservation. It is an assertion that the inclusion of a preservation ethos along with specific policy measures would strengthen the activities of the Philadelphia ...


Pressing Forward: A Technical Study Of The Mancos Times-Tribune Building With Recommendations For Conservation, Samuel Loos Jan 2015

Pressing Forward: A Technical Study Of The Mancos Times-Tribune Building With Recommendations For Conservation, Samuel Loos

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The Mancos Times-Tribune Building is located at 135 West Grand Avenue in downtown Mancos, a small town of about 1300 in the Four Corners Regions of southwest Colorado. Built in 1911, it has served as the offices for the local newspaper, The Mancos-Times Tribune Building until the early 2000s. The building is unique for only serving a single function and owner throughout its over 100 year history. It is also in a remarkable state of preservation, making it an excellent case for studying the development of late 19th and early 20th century construction technologies. Through, the study of period literature ...


A Design Feasibility Study For The Preservation Of The Main Cabin At The Bar Bc Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Benjamin Allen Doubledee Jan 2014

A Design Feasibility Study For The Preservation Of The Main Cabin At The Bar Bc Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Benjamin Allen Doubledee

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This is the fifth in a series of theses and an independent study engendered from a collaboration between the Bar BC Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, and the University of Pennsylvania, together with another thesis generated from the Park’s collaboration with the University of Oregon. Previous works considered the planning and management of the Ranch’s historical assets, structural integrity of the log cabins, and plausibility of the reimplementation of sod (green) roofs. Following these works, this thesis brings together the aforementioned directives to frame a feasibility study for the reuse of the Bar BC’s Main Cabin ...


Upstairs In The Vieux Carré: An Analysis Of Incentives And Tools To Catalyze Private Sector Rehabilitation, Lawrence Jay Timon Jan 2012

Upstairs In The Vieux Carré: An Analysis Of Incentives And Tools To Catalyze Private Sector Rehabilitation, Lawrence Jay Timon

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Millions of tourists flock to New Orleans’s famed French Quarter each year to enjoy its offering of unique culture and historic buildings. However, many of the low-rise historic buildings are in need of rehabilitation. These blighted structures threaten the vitality of the Vieux Carré Historic District. This thesis examines public sector incentives and tools to determine their ability to catalyze private sector rehabilitation of the French Quarter’s low-rise historic buildings. A list of extant incentives and tools were compiled and tested using two hypothetical projects, each representing a different type of common French Quarter building typology. The goals ...