Why Preserve? justifying historic preservation

In order to better understand the task at hand -- planning for preservation -- it is a helpful exercise to remember why it is we preserve in the first place. Historic preservation serves a number of important purposes, not least of which is to preserve aspects of the built and natural environment that are significant to our history and culture. It also serves as a tool for community building, economic development, and sustainable development. Recognizing the various benefits of preservation helps those involved in planning to consider how the needs and wants of a community can best be served by incorporating it into comprehensive plans.

The following TEDTalks explain the importance of preservation.

Preserving History

Creating Community

Economic Development

Sustainability

Sustainability, cont'd.

Place-Based Development... its a Good Thing

There is often a question raised in community development as to whether efforts should focus on people-based policies or place-based policies. People-people have argued in the past that there is no evidence that place-based strategies work (Lemann, 1994). Place-people, however, make a different argument. Please read the excerpt below from Green & Haines,Asset Building and Community Development.

Can you think of any other reasons that historic preservation is critical to communities?

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