Historic Preservation and the Livable City


8″ x 9-1/2″, hardcover, 254 pages, Wiley.

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In Historic Preservation and the Livable City, the authors demonstrate the many ways in which historic preservation can benefit a community when included as part of a comprehensive planning and economic development strategy.

They offer compelling evidence that cities, towns, and rural areas that implement historic preservation compete at a higher level economically, are more sustainable, and are more attractive to both prospective and current residents as well as visitors.

The text explains how historic structures can be saved and reused and provides many examples of how cities such as Denver, Louisville, Portland, and Providence have successfully used the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures as major parts of their revitalization efforts.

Of particular interest is the 12 step revitalization plan which is detailed in Chapter 7.

Table of Contents

  1. What This Book is About
  2. Using (And Not Using) the Past
    • Livable Cities
    • What Can Historic Preservation Contribute to This Challenge?
    • An Historic Preservation Tale of Two Cities
    • Is Historic Preservation Legal?
  1. What is Historic Preservation
    • The People of Historic Preservation
    • What Qualifications Do Preservation Professionals Have?
    • How Do Preservationists Decide What Should Be Protected?
    • Who Are We Saving It For?
    • Haven’t We Saved Enough?
    • Saving for Everyone
  1. The Actors: Community Groups and Governments
    • Greenfield Village in Michigan
    • The Arthur Ashe Statue in Richmond, Virginia
    • The African Burial Ground in Lower New York City
    • Participatory Efforts
  1. Case Study, Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  1. Intersections: How They Work Together
    • Denver: Lower Downtown
    • What Do Planners Do?
    • Historic Preservation
    • Historic Preservation and Planning
    • Neighborhood Conservation Districts
    • Form- Based Zoning
    • What We Have Here Is a Failure to Coordinate
  1. Bringing Them Back From the Malls: Revitalizing Downtowns
    • Step 1: Capture the Vision
    • Step 2: Develop a Strategic Plan
    • Step 3: Forge a Healthy Private/Public Partnership
    • Step 4: Make the Right Thing Easy
    • Step 5: Establish Business Improvement Districts and Other Not- for- Profit Organizations
    • Step 6: Create a Catalytic Development Company
    • Step 7: Create an Urban Entertainment District
    • Step 8: Develop a Rental Housing Market
    • Step 9: Pioneer an Affordability Strategy
    • Step 10: Focus on For- Sale Housing
    • Step 11: Develop a Local- Serving Retail Strategy
    • Step 12: Re- Create a Strong Office Market
  1. Case Study: Chattanooga, Tennessee
  1. Using the Tools We Have: Urban Planning Tools That Preserve Historic Character
    • Zoning
    • Comprehensive Plans
    • Form- Based Codes
    • Affordable Housing
    • Planning for Integrated and People- Oriented Spaces
  1. Case Study: Dallas, TX
  1. Neighborhoods for Great Living: Historic Districts
    • The Experience of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Charleston, South Carolina, Creates an Historic District
    • Manchester: Historic Districts for All
    • Historic Districts in Livable Cities
  1. Case Study: Manchester, Pennsylvania
  1. Sustainable Development and Historic Preservation
    • Community Movements
    • Preservation as Growth Management
    • Reusing Our Existing Buildings
    • The Cobb Building, Seattle, Washington
    • Waste Management
    • The Economics of Sustainability
    • The Role of LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council
  1. Case Study: The Cobb Building, Seattle, Washington
  1. New Urbanism versus the Livable City
    • The New Urbanism Charter
    • Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City
    • New Urbanism: The New Garden City?
    • Seaside, Florida
    • Facing the Criticism
  1. Case Study: Radburn, New Jersey
  1. The Global Picture
    • Rebuilding the Past
    • Vancouver: Queen of the Livability Stakes
    • Imperial Vienna (Second Place in Global Livability)
    • Melbourne: Recent Heritage (Third Place in Global Livability)
    • Preserving Heritage for Livable Cities around the World

About the Authors

Eric Allison, PhD, AICP, is the founder and coordinator of the graduate historic preservation program at Pratt Institute in New York City, where he has taught city planning and historic preservation since 1996.

Lauren Peters is an architectural designer and historic preservation specialist at Walter B. Melvin Architects, a New York–based firm that specializes in exterior restoration.


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