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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
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Wednesday, April 10 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
A Sense of Place: How Preservation Creates the Future ALMOST FULL

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Recent research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab shows that across the country older, smaller buildings are contributing to thriving local economies and diverse communities. This event will stimulate productive community conversations among citizens, elected officials, academics, and the private sector about what creates a sense of place, what we value in our communities, and how we ensure that new development is both respectful of existing neighborhoods and addresses affordability and access. In his keynote address, Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, will address the intersection of affordable housing and retaining existing building fabric by sharing insights into the preservation movement in the 21st century, with a focus on affordable housing, gentrification, and displacement. Rypkema’s perspective promises to be highly relevant given ongoing discussions in Charlottesville of affordable housing, large-scale redevelopment, and density. Following Rypkema’s remarks, a four-person panel moderated by Ellen Bassett will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities facing Charlottesville. Joining Rypkema and Bassett are Ebony Walden, and Overton McGehee.

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Overton McGehee

executive director, Habitat Virginia
Overton McGehee has been executive director of Habitat for Humanity Virginia since2008. Habitat for Humanity Virginia is dedicated to eliminating substandard housinglocally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; byadvocating for fair and just housing... Read More →
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Donovan Rypkema

Principle, Place Economics
Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics , a Washington, D.C.-based realestate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at thenexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments forpublic and non-profit sector clients in 49... Read More →
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Ellen M. Bassett

Chair and Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Ellen M. Bassett is a Chair and Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planningin the School of Architecture. Her areas of research interest and expertise are land useplanning and law, climate change planning, health and the built environment, andinternational development... Read More →
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Ebony Walden

Founder, Ebony Walden Consulting
Ebony Walden has over a decade of experience as a urban planner, consultant andfacilitator working with a diversity of practitioners, organizations and residents totransform communities. She leverages her experience to design and facilitateworkshops, retreats and engagement processes... Read More →

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