Livability.com Names the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation

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Cities challenge the idea new is better and work to maintain their architectural heritage.

Livability.com Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation

Livability.com Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation

These are places people want to be in. People want to visit them. People want to move back into these areas.

Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit, has released a list of the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation.

While many cities face increasing pressure to tear down old schools, factories and homes to make way for more modern structures, there are communities that have challenged the notion new is better and strive to keep the look and feel that drew residents to their towns in the first place.

For this list, Livability.com editors consulted with experts in historic preservation to develop the criteria for the list. They looked for cities that have a large number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places, offer incentives for maintaining and rehabilitating historic structures, and have active preservation groups. Editors also looked for cities that boast a desirable quality of life.

“[Cities that preserve historic structures] are very pedestrian friendly because of how they were designed,” says Barbara Pahl, vice president for western field offices at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “They are more sustainable and hold a high aesthetic and environmental value. We've learned that communities like these have an economic advantage. These are places people want to be in. People want to visit them. People want to move back into these areas.”

These historic cities in the U.S. take preservation seriously. From cities that have set the standard in historic preservation to towns that have only recently begun efforts to protect and restore historic areas, the cities on this list are focused on raising the quality of life for their residents by protecting their past.

Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation
1. Charleston, SC
2. Savannah, GA
3. Santa Fe, NM
4. Franklin, TN
5. St. Augustine, FL
6. Abingdon, VA
7. Pueblo, CO
8. Muskogee, OK
9. Danville, KY
10. Victoria, TX

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