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Thursday, May 23 • 1:30pm - 1:45pm
DTA Presentation - Historic Preservation Downtown Kent Core Walking Tour

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The project focuses on the Historical Preservation of historic buildings and landmarks in Kent, Washington and public art – the dragonflies. The purpose of the project is to identify historical building and landmark, identify its integrity, community engagement and ultimately recognize these building and landmarks as the city’s assets. Furthermore, I am interested in the sustainability of the Historic Building and Landmarks preservation, therefore, identifying economic opportunities for local business. I am conducting this research project to find out all the historic buildings and landmarks in the target area and do a walking tour to visit the historic buildings and landmarks and the public art - dragonflies.     The project has three research questions; 1) Where are the historic building and landmarks in Kent and its historical significance? Answering this question will give me the extent and location of the historical building and landmarks. The Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that works closely with the community and the City of Kent in preserving Kent’s history has two lists that will be my start point for the research. Second, what is the infrastructure available for vehicles and pedestrians if any to access all the historic building and landmarks in Kent? I am interested in finding out if a vehicle is needed to access the historic building and landmarks or if a resident can walk to access it. The walkability is a major part of the analysis and scope of the capstone. Third, how can the City of Kent leverage the historical building and landmarks as assets by economic development, community engagement, actively promote and preserve the sites? Sustainability of Historic Preservation is vital for the long-term. By answering the third question, I can identify community assets, stakeholders, and add value to the historical building and landmarks.   The intended audience of the Historic Preservation GIS Capstone are, the City of Kent, Mayor’s Office, the Landmarks Commissioner, the community of Kent, local schools, children and tourists. The City of Kent has a rich history that most of us are unaware of. As population increases, more than ever, pressures are placed on limited resources for rapid economic development and regeneration projects to fulfill the growing demands of urbanization. Thus, historical building and landmarks are at risk of being lost or redeveloped and by identifying and recognizing as assets will become a placemaking tool for the city and community. The project is relevant because it connects residents to the history of the city, created significance to the place and creates a private and public moment as visitors experience the space with community and love one. The sense of place and belonging is created with shared experiences.


Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm AKDT
GTCC RM 315 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402