Historic Preservation Programs Nixed By Obama

The Obama administration has cancelled two Federal programs - Save America's Treasures and Preserve America - that were responsible for the restoration of nearly 900 historic structures over the past 10 years.

The White House claims that "Both programs lack rigorous performance metrics and evaluation efforts so the benefits are unclear."

Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics debates that conclusion over at Treehugger:

"This work meant 16,012 jobs (a job being one full time equivalent job for one year...the same way they are counting jobs for the Stimulus Program). The cost per job created? $13,780.

This compares with the White House announcement that the Stimulus Package is creating one job for every $248,000. Whose program is helping the economy?"

Full Story: Preservationists Outraged As Obama Cancels Building Restoration Programs



Reverse Obama's Decision

This decision needs to be reversed. Money is being squandered on projects not in the public's best interest, while important programs like historic preservation intiatives, are being cut. Too many buildings are being lost and will continue to be lost without adequate funding.

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 2012

Thinking about Grad School?

You need the essential resource for prospective planning students
Starting at $24.95