The Future of the Past in America’s Legacy Cities
Stephanie Ryberg-Webster is an associate professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University. Her research broadly explores the intersections of historic preservation and urban development, including preservation (and demolition) in legacy cities, synergy and tensions between preservation and community development, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits and the preservation of Cleveland’s African American heritage. She also studies the history of historic preservation in Cleveland during the 1970s, as urban disinvestment escalated.
Ryberg-Webster teaches courses in urban planning, historic preservation, urban design and contemporary urban issues. She holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation analyzing community development corporations’ past and current use of historic preservation as a neighborhood revitalization strategy across four cities (Cleveland, Houston, Providence and Seattle).
Part of the 2016-2017 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, Ryberg-Webster’s lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Department of Architecture, Department of History and Community and Regional Planning Club.