Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Historic Preservation Education: National Trust for Historic Preservation -- "Eight Tips for Understanding the Complexities of Historic Districts"

Another Historic Preservation Education post here.

Click on the link to read the entire Saving Places post. 

Since Bloomingdale is mulling neighborhood Historic District designation, Bloomingdalians might wish to read the article below.

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Here are Eight Tips for Understanding Historic Districts & Their Complexities
7:55 PM - 15 Mar 2016

By: David Weible
March 15, 2016

Any politician or community planner will tell you that zoning and districting is a complex concept, and though intentions are always good, it can be difficult to predict how one act will affect a neighborhood or city.
The same is true for establishing historic districts; unintended consequences are part of the reality. But by understanding the different ways in which historic districts can affect neighborhoods, we can help to ensure they result in an inclusive, accessible community, that both preserves the past and sets the stage for the future.
Take a look at the eight tips below for a better understanding of how historic districts can impact the way communities function.

1. Historic districts help strengthen communities and attract people back to cities.
2. ”Historic preservation districts help tell the story of our nation in all its complexity and diversity.
3. Historic districting is about keeping buildings alive, in active use, and relevant to the needs of the people and the cities that surround them.
4. Historic preservation districts provide benefits to people, whether or not they actually own a home in them.
5. Historic preservation can be conducive to affordable housing, if it’s done correctly.
6. Historic districts can limit tall development—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it limits density.
7. Historic districts can place certain restrictions on how homeowners can alter their property—but they don’t have to be burdensome.
8. Regulating historic districts can also protect a property owner’s investment.

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