When considering what’s at stake for the coming year, I always reflect on what challenges we have faced and what we should celebrate. Like nearly every year prior to this one, the highs and lows were unique and involved multitudes of resilient partners and preservation organizations joining coalitions and speaking out on behalf of Modern sites and our built heritage.
Looking back, I can’t help but think about the incredible National Symposium in New Haven, Connecticut, and the 400 people who registered for the event! For years, I have said that the Elm City was a treasure trove of world-class Modern architecture, exceptional people, and the country’s best pizza. New Haven did not disappoint, and seeing all the happy people we brought to the new Hotel Marcel, a project that easily could have been demolished, will stay with me for many years to come.
Looking to the future, the 2024 National Symposium in Miami and Coral Gables promises to be just as exciting. All attendees will have the chance to visit Miami Marine Stadium, which is frustratingly still abandoned, and the funding has not been allocated yet to restore it. Seeing important sites restored, reimagined, and reopened can put whole cities back on the map, as was the case in New Haven. I hope that our presence in Miami will be the catalyst for change.