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Historic Preservation and Neighbourhood Change

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  • N. Edward Coulson

    (Department of Economics, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA, fyj@psu.edu)

  • Robin M. Leichenko

    (Department of Geography, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA, rleichen@rci.rutgers.edu)

Abstract

Historical designation has become an important tool in efforts to revitalise central-city neighbourhoods. Yet designation has also come under scrutiny because of its presumed association with gentrification and displacement of lower-income residents. Using Fort Worth, Texas, as a case study, the paper asks whether historical designation is associated with demographic change in neighbourhoods. It is found that historically designated areas started out with slightly worse neighbourhood indicators than those without designation—a finding that is consistent with the idea that preservation efforts are targeted to areas in 'need' of revitalisation. However, we find no evidence that preservation efforts altered the demographic composition of neighbourhoods. This finding runs counter to the notion that historic preservation is a precursor to gentrification.

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  • N. Edward Coulson & Robin M. Leichenko, 2004. "Historic Preservation and Neighbourhood Change," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 41(8), pages 1587-1600, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:41:y:2004:i:8:p:1587-1600
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    1. Gabriel Ahlfeldt & Kristoffer Möller & Sevrin Waights & Nicolai Wendland, 2012. "On prisoner's dilemmas and gilded cages: The economics of heritage preservation," ERSA conference papers ersa12p783, European Regional Science Association.
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    3. Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig & Felix J. Richter, 2013. "Urban Renewal after the Berlin Wall," Working Papers 049, Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg.
    4. Felix Richter, 2014. "Winner Picking in Urban Revitalization Policies: Empirical Evidence from Berlin," ERSA conference papers ersa14p1424, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Gabriel Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig, 2010. "Stadium Architecture and Urban Development from the Perspective of Urban Economics," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 629-646, September.
    6. Douglas Noonan & Douglas Krupka, 2010. "Determinants of historic and cultural landmark designation: why we preserve what we preserve," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 34(1), pages 1-26, February.
    7. Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Wolfgang Maennig, 2010. "Substitutability and Complementarity of Urban Amenities: External Effects of Built Heritage in Berlin," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 38(2), pages 285-323.
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    9. Douglas S. Noonan, 2007. "Finding an Impact of Preservation Policies: Price Effects of Historic Landmarks on Attached Homes in Chicago, 1990-1999," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 21(1), pages 17-33, February.
    10. Eric Thompson & David Rosenbaum & Benjamin Schmitz, 2011. "Property values on the plains: the impact of historic preservation," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 47(2), pages 477-491, October.

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