Tao of Urban Rejuvenation

We could not be more honored to play a part in spreading the word about Weiming Lu‘s much awaited The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation.

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, Weiming shares his experience in creating a vision, in marketing an area that has suffered decades of disinvestment, in taking calculated risks to attract new investment, in negotiating complex loans and guarantees, and in leveraging resources. From Saint Paul to Dallas to Beijing, thousands of people every day are able to experience their community’s history and revitalized neighborhoods as a result of Weiming’s dedication and partnership building acumen. His work in Lowertown has become the model for planners, preservationists and developers as they explore the possibilities of community revitalization.

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation details how to go about integrating the new and the old and how to drive reinvestment in our communities.

The book is available for $40* from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
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 Weiming Lu is one of America’s leading visionaries in urban revitalization. As the prime mover behind Lowertown’s revival in Saint Paul, he showed the nation how the reimagining of old warehouses and office buildings could bring new vitality to an aging downtown. In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, he tells how such an urban village can be created elsewhere. This book is a testament to the power of a great idea, and I highly recommend it.

- Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Weiming Lu awoke my imagination (some 30 years ago) to the possibilities of remaking places so that they connect with people’s heritage and soul. As he says: “The old must coexist with the new. Innovation must live side by side with history. We don’t have to destroy neighborhoods to renew them; neither must we keep them mired in the past.” His Tao of Urban Rejuvenation delivers that message in detail.

- Neal Peirce, Washington Post Writers Group

Weiming Lu captures an entire career devoted to the revitalization of cities in this colorful and accessible book. Though he focuses on his long career in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Dallas, the lessons he learned there have relevance for cities everywhere. Anyone interested in how to improve city living and increase urban vitality will find this book of value.
Tom Fisher, Dean, School of Design, University of Minnesota

*All proceeds from the sale of The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation will be used to further the causes of preservation and the arts.