“In the field of historic preservation, our great challenge is to see that historic buildings remain viable components of a community, used for their intended purpose (homes, offices, churches, etc.) as much as possible and adapted to new uses when the viability of a previous use has passed. Buildings alone, however, do not revitalize or sustain places; activity does. Neighborhoods need populations, commercial enterprises need customers, and communities in general need civic engagement that helps, among other things, to define and realize preservation goals.” Erik Nelson is the Transportation Planner for the City of Fredericksburg, VA, also administering the community’s historic district. His recent article in the Winter 2019 issue of The Alliance Review discusses traffic and transportation in historic communities and the importance of an integrated planning approach to ensure these communities thrive. Click here to read the full article.