Historic Preservation: Expanding the Planner's Toolbox

PAS Memo — September-October 2012

By Patrice Frey, Rachel Bowdon


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The connections among historic preservation, economic development, and environmental performance are well documented and increasingly persuasive to policy makers. These benefits for planet, people, and prosperity — the three-legged stool of sustainability — support a range of time-tested planning tools that are available to help communities conserve and leverage their historic places. Yet there is an important class of valuable buildings that is often overlooked by such tools: character-rich older buildings that may not meet conventional historic preservation designation guidelines but contribute substantially to vibrant and livable communities. To preserve these buildings, along with the wealth of benefits they provide, other tools are needed.

The September/October 2012 issue of PAS Memo explores tools and strategies that enable communities to not only protect historic resources but also to harness and leverage the value of older buildings more generally for greater sustainability.


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Sept. 10, 2012
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About the Authors

Patrice Frey

Rachel Bowdon