Dean Baker uses his background in urban design, preservation and planning to help share the stories of place. Dean led the Modern Downtown Atlanta Initiative, an effort to share the history and create the policy framework to utilize the preservation of downtown Atlanta’s Civil Rights era modern architecture as an economic investment tool. The most recent projects from this effort, include the Peachtree Center Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 2018 and the Marcel Breuer designed Atlanta Central Library was nominated to the register in August 2018. These stories of the city intersect in surprising ways to provide a glimpse into the period of great change that brought forth the modern city we know today. This work includes helping to uncover lesser known stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta as a founder of the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Civil and Human Rights Initiative at the Georgia State University Honors College.