Title

Historic Designation and the Rebuilding of Inner City Neighborhoods: New Evidence of the Value of an Old Policy Tool

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2-2011

Publication Title

Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability

Abstract

Rebuilding central cities has focused on big-ticket items such as entertainment complexes and neighborhood-based initiatives. Historic preservation as one neighborhood-based strategy seeks to capitalize on intact collections of historic architecture and the pedestrian-friendly character of these pre-automobile neighborhoods to elevate property values and enhance the tax bases of central cities. While a majority of past studies indicate historic designation does enhance property values, some found no or negative impacts. By quantitatively assessing the impact of local historic district designations on the enhancement of residential property values, this paper contributes to the literature on the relationship between historic preservation and urban revitalization. The multi-city analysis focuses on preservation’s impacts on residential property values and the resulting positive and negative outcomes from district designation.

DOI

10.1080/17549175.2011.635262

Volume

4

Issue

3

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