Twenty-Four Reasons Historic Preservation is Good for Your Community
Photo credit: Ruston Main Street
Date: January 2020
At PlaceEconomics we acknowledge that the aesthetic, symbolic, cultural, etc. values of historic preservation are real, but are difficult if not impossible to quantify. In the long run, those values are more important than the values of historic preservation enumerated and quantified in this report. But as the great British economist John Maynard Keynes once wrote, “In the long run we are all dead.” We measure the contributions of historic preservation that can be measured. Over the last five years PlaceEconomics has done analyses of the impacts of historic preservation in nearly a dozen cities of all sizes throughout the United States. From that research we’ve assembled the twenty-four reasons why historic preservation is good for your city.