Benefits of Local Historic Districts10 Ways to Make the Case to CommunityStakeholders                               Photo ...
Photo courtesy Jeff Kubina, Flickr1. Local districts protect investmentsin historic properties.Insensitive or poorly plann...
2. Properties within localhistoric districtsappreciate at greater ratesthan the local marketoverall.They also appreciate f...
3. Local districts encouragebetter quality design.In this case, better design equals agreater sense of cohesiveness,more i...
4. Local districts help the environment.Historic districts encourage communities to retain and use theirexisting resources...
5. Local districts areenergy efficient.Many older buildings were designedwith energy conservation in mind,taking advantage...
Photo courtesy Whiskeygonebad, Flickr6. Historic districts are a vehicle foreducation.They are a tangible link to the past...
7. Historic districts canboost local economiesthrough tourism.An aesthetically cohesive and well-promoteddistrict can be a...
8. Local historic districts can enhancebusiness recruitment potential.Successful preservation programs and stable district...
9. Local districts providesocial and psychologicalbenefits.People living in historic districts enjoy thecomfort of a human...
Photo courtesy WDOphoto.com, Flickr10. Local districts give communities avoice in their future.Making designation decision...
Ten on Tuesday features ten preservationtips each week. For more tips, visitblog.PreservationNation.org.
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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Benefits of Establishing a Local Historic District

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Shaping local sentiment and opinions is always a complex task, and planning a local historic district is no exception. While the preservation community understands and appreciates its benefits, not everybody might feel as enthusiastic about it. What’s more, all the local stakeholders -- homeowners, government officials, merchants, and property owners -- will endorse, change, or reject proposals depending on how well they understand the issues involved.

So it’s up to the district advocates to make a clear and compelling case about the advantages of a local historic district. Not only will it increase community awareness, but it can also help avoid controversy later by building consensus now.

Here are 10 points you can share with your community stakeholders about what establishing a local historic district will bring to your area.

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  1. 1. Benefits of Local Historic Districts10 Ways to Make the Case to CommunityStakeholders Photo courtesy Base Camp Baker, Flickr
  2. 2. Photo courtesy Jeff Kubina, Flickr1. Local districts protect investmentsin historic properties.Insensitive or poorly planned development can undermineproperty values. In contrast, historic district designationencourages people to buy and rehabilitate properties becausethey know their investment is protected over time.
  3. 3. 2. Properties within localhistoric districtsappreciate at greater ratesthan the local marketoverall.They also appreciate faster than similar, non-designated neighborhoods. Findings on thispoint are consistent across the country.Moreover, recent analysis shows that historicdistricts are also less vulnerable to marketvolatility from interest rate fluctuations andeconomic downturns.Photo courtesy chicagogeek, Flickr
  4. 4. 3. Local districts encouragebetter quality design.In this case, better design equals agreater sense of cohesiveness,more innovative use of materials,and greater public appeal -- all ofwhich are shown to occur moreoften within designated districts thannon-designated ones. Photo courtesy Sergey Shpakovsky, Flickr
  5. 5. 4. Local districts help the environment.Historic districts encourage communities to retain and use theirexisting resources in established neighborhoods. This reduces theneed for cars, cuts back on pollution and congestion, and eliminateslandfill waste. Photo courtesy UGArdener, Flickr
  6. 6. 5. Local districts areenergy efficient.Many older buildings were designedwith energy conservation in mind,taking advantage of natural light,cross ventilation, and climate-appropriate materials. Preservationcommissions are also increasinglyimproving their design guidelines tomake it easier for historic buildingowners to use renewable-energytechnologies. Photo courtesy Kansas Sebastian, Flickr
  7. 7. Photo courtesy Whiskeygonebad, Flickr6. Historic districts are a vehicle foreducation.They are a tangible link to the past and a way to bringmeaning to history and to people’s lives. They are a living,active record of communities and their residents.
  8. 8. 7. Historic districts canboost local economiesthrough tourism.An aesthetically cohesive and well-promoteddistrict can be a community’s most importantattraction. According to a 2009 report, 78% of allU.S. leisure travelers are cultural and/orheritage travelers who spent, on average, $994on their most recent trips -- compared to $611spent by non-cultural and heritage travelers.Photo courtesy wallyg, Flickr
  9. 9. 8. Local historic districts can enhancebusiness recruitment potential.Successful preservation programs and stable districts enhance ahigher quality of life. In turn, these vibrant commercial cores andcharming neighborhoods with character attract new business andquality industry. Photo courtesy wallyg, Flickr
  10. 10. 9. Local districts providesocial and psychologicalbenefits.People living in historic districts enjoy thecomfort of a human-scale environment (amix of aesthetics and functionality that fitthe average person’s dimensions andcapabilities); the opportunity to live andwork in attractive surroundings; arecognizable and walkable neighborhood;and the galvanizing effect of community-based group action. Photo courtesy TheSeafarer, Flickr
  11. 11. Photo courtesy WDOphoto.com, Flickr10. Local districts give communities avoice in their future.Making designation decisions together in a structured way --rather than behind closed doors or without public comment --gives the community a sense of empowerment andconfidence.
  12. 12. Ten on Tuesday features ten preservationtips each week. For more tips, visitblog.PreservationNation.org.
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