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For decades, the CPDC/OPDC have underwritten historic preservation organizations in Germantown, Chinatown, Chestnut Hill, and Callowhill. Branching out from elite to ethnic enclaves of the city, the nonprofit amassed allies and adversaries in rehabilitation, redevelopment, and reuse of historic fabric, especially viaducts and stations abandoned by transportation authorities and companies. During the online presentation, Fallon Samuels Aidoo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development & Historic Preservation at Tulane University School of Architecture, will examine patronage underwriting diversity and inclusion in historic preservation, past and present.
The event is part of the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia's "Changing the Face of the City," a series of programs and events that explore the intersection of historic preservation and urban planning/renewal through the lens of equity and social justice. Renowned urban planner Edmund Bacon used the phrase "Changing the Face of the City" to describe Philadelphia's renaissance in his classic 1967 book "Design of Cities," unintentionally alluding to the literal consequences of many preservations, planning, and renewal efforts. The Presenting Sponsor of "Changing the Face of the City" is Premier Building Restoration.