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Loukaitou-Sideris on Inequality in Historic Preservation

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, distinguished professor of urban planning and interim dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed on the podcast Then & Now about historic preservation. While the National Historic Preservation Act has worked to safeguard the heritage of communities, Loukaitou-Sideris and urban planning doctoral student Hao Ding discussed how dominant groups often tend to be the ones whose communities are preserved. As a result, they said, cultural imperialism can take root at the heart of historic preservation. “Architecture is not a monolithic thing, but it does need to represent the value of the people who live in the cities,” Loukaitou-Sideris said. Historic preservation often benefits white communities, she said. In the Los Angeles suburb San Gabriel, for example, Spanish influence plays a heavy role in the fabric of the community while the diverse populations who created the community are disregarded. “We are not anti-preservation,” she said. “We are anti-exclusionary preservation.”


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