Destination Appeal

Destination Appeal

American Architectural Foundation provides design leadership training and technical assistance to local decision makers in U.S. cities of all sizes—urban planning, landscape and building design, infrastructure, etc.

The Conservation Fund Helps U.S. communities buy and protect ecologically or culturally significant land and water areas through community initiatives and leadership training. Its several programs include the American Greenways Program and the Civil War Battlefield Campaign.

Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute. See articles and talks by this authority on the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, historic preservation, and the value of destination visual appeal and distinctiveness.

National Main Street Center This U.S. organization, an offshoot of the National Trust, works with communities to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. For the parallel Historic Hotels program see

Partners for Livable Communities A nonprofit organization that works for economic and cultural revitalization of U.S. communities.Project for Public Spaces Offers products and services helping communities in the U.S. and abroad to create successful public places from parks and waterfronts to plazas, buildings, and streets.

Scenic America Provides U.S. communities with information and assistance in preserving scenic character.

Sprawl Watch A comprehensive clearinghouse of resources on smart growth and sprawl control. Includes “Best Practices” and “What You Can Do” sections.

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About Jonathan Tourtellot

CEO, Destination Stewardship Center; Editor, Destination Stewardship Report; Principal, Focus on Places LLC; founding Director, former Nat Geo Center for Sustainable Destinations

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