The Past and Future City : How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities
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The urban resurgence is a national phenomenon, boosting legacy cities from Cleveland to Buffalo and Portland to Pittsburgh. This book describes, with unique empirical research, the many ways that restoring historic fabric can create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy. Experts offer a range of theories on what is driving the return to the city—from the impact of the recent housing crisis to a desire to be socially engaged, live near work, and reduce automobile use. But, time and again, when asked why they moved to the city, people talk about the desire to live somewhere distinctive; Often these distinguishing urban landmarks are exciting neighborhoods—Miami boasts its Art Deco district, New Orleans the French Quarter. Sometimes, as in the case of Baltimore’s historic rowhouses, the most distinguishing feature is the urban fabric itself. For anyone who cares about cities, places, and saving America’s diverse stories.
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