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With Buildings Like These. . .

Portland, Oregon

In places big and small, preservation projects are creating opportunities for residents and retaining local history that ties generations together.

New research conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in more than 50 local governments across America has shown that areas with older buildings perform better along a host of social, environmental, and economic measures than areas with just newer construction.

In the May PM article “Place Matters,” author Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust, writes that now there is proof that historic preservation is one of the strongest tools available for urban regeneration. Surveys have shown that residents appreciate it when historic buildings are renovated, and they have respect and affection for the older buildings. Also, tourism is more prevalent in communities that have preserved their past.

Working with the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust has also identified obstacles to building reuse that can be eased through zoning, parking reform, flexible building codes, and use of historic tax credits. Find out more on smart preservation policies in the May PM article.

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