Week 5 question

Racial misrepresentation and exclusion, segregation and discriminatory issues in the preservation practice stem from dominant outside forces, many of whom control the outcome of what gets to be preserved. As stated in Jamie Kalven’s The Right to the City, “…conditions that should be the basis for calling various public and private institutions to account are evoked by those very institutions to advance their agendas”. It would be ideal to believe we, as preservationists, have enough power to change these practices, but like in other professions, we’re just a vehicle. This topic seems to be as controversial and as sensitive as the management of historic fabric. Addressing these injustices seems like a good start to better the preservation field, but will it be enough?

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