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1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits available
As an exciting keynote to our final Historic Resources Committee meeting in 2020, we welcome prizewinning historian Lizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., who will discuss her recent book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age. Dr. Cohen will revisit the history of urban renewal in the second half of the twentieth century by following the long career of Edward J. Logue, who worked to revitalize New Haven in the 1950s, became the architect of the “New Boston” in the 1960s, and later led innovative redevelopment efforts in New York at the state level and in the South Bronx. Urban Renewal is often dismissed as a failure – for good reason – but Dr. Cohen aims to uncover a more balanced picture that acknowledges not only its shortcomings but also some of its progressive goals and noteworthy achievements. Logue worked closely with architects and planners during his career, many of them important modernists who with federal support for urban renewal focused their attention on subsidized housing and other kinds of urban revitalization.