Historic Districts

Covered pergolas for outdoor dining line the curb on Ballard Avenue, Seattle

Seattle Historic District Could Remove Street Dining

Despite the popularity of Ballard Avenue’s outdoor dining pergolas, some district board members argue the patios don’t match the district’s historic character.

February 7, 2023 - The Urbanist

Close-up of green street sign at Heights Blvd and 8th Street in Houston, Texas with "Historic District" and star logo

Proposed ‘Conservation Districts’ Could Change Preservation in Houston

The proposed model could be a new tool for preserving historic neighborhoods with more flexibility and with a focus on reducing displacement and addressing community concerns.

January 8, 2023 - Urban Edge

The sloped roof of a googie style building is prominently featured in this image of a restaurant in Denver. Tall apartment buildings are seen in the background.

Denver Makes it Easier for Landowners to Oppose Landmark Designation

The balance of power in the historic preservation process shifted slightly toward the preferences of property owners in Denver.

August 31, 2022 - The Denver Post

A conceptual rendering of a three story condominium development.

‘Emergency’ Historic District Alters, But Does Not Prevent, Boise Condo Project

No historic buildings were harmed to create the Residences at 132 Main.

June 23, 2022 - Boise Dev

An aerial image of the neighborhood of Buckman in Portland, Oregon.

Homeowner Groups Find an Antidote to Zoning Reforms: National Register Historic Districts

Many neighborhoods are moving to create historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places in response to the growing number of states, cities, and neighborhoods loosening single-family residential zones.

October 22, 2021 - Sightline Institute

Cleveland Park, D.C.

How Historic Districts Supersede Local Zoning Regulations

How one historic district in a growing corner of Washington, D.C. is able to effect downzoning.

May 7, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Washington, D.C. Historic District

Opinion: Historic Preservation's Climate Problem Reveals its Class Problem

A strongly worded opinion piece calls out historic preservation as a tool of the affluent urban elite.

January 29, 2020 - The New York Times

Cincinnati Area

Riverfront Revitalization Takes Shape in Covington

A new private development project will add outdoor space and public programming to a revitalizing riverfront area in Covington, Kentucky, near Cincinnati.

September 22, 2019 - WCPO


Could Savannah Lose Historic District Designation?

The National Park Service (NPS) recently commissioned a study to assess the integrity and condition of the Savannah National Historic Landmark District. That report recommends the district be categorized as “threatened.”

April 13, 2018 - Modern Cities

Larimer Square

Big Changes Coming to Denver's Downtown Historic District

A development proposal would add two new buildings in addition to major renovations in Larimer Square.

February 22, 2018 - The Denver Post

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Is Washington D.C. Preserving Buildings or Hoarding Them?

A piecemeal, reactive approach to historic preservation in the capital may burden the future with too many buildings of "middling merit."

January 29, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

New York Moves Ahead on New Historic District

The new district may be both preservationist and political.

November 7, 2016 - The Architect's Newspaper

Preserving Las Vegas' Midcentury Residential Neighborhoods

In a region infamous for blowing everything up and starting over again, a growing constituency is interested in preserving the residential neighborhoods of yesteryear.

August 22, 2016 - Las Vegas Sun

Control Room

Technologies for Understanding Cities

Researchers are examining technologies that can aid in understanding many aspects of our cities, from how citizens interact in plan making, where residents use social media, and how to understand our changing communities.

October 29, 2015 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Harvard Square

On the Importance of the Human Scale in Walkable Cities

Instead of density for density's sake (or for smart growth's sake), F. Kaid Benfield argues that the human scale is the key to walkable smart growth.

October 8, 2014 - Huffington Post


Modernism-Hating Neighbor Sues to Halt Home Construction

Allison Arieff tells the sordid tale of a "modestly modernist" house in Oakwood, a historic district in Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite the fully permitted house being 85 percent complete, a lawsuit by a neighbor could force its demolition.

July 16, 2014 - New York Times

Dubuque Iowa Historic Millwork District

This Dubuque, Iowa Master Plan Is a Rust Belt Victory

The Historic Millwork District Master Plan, approved in 2009, provides exemplary solutions in historic preservation, parking requirements, and environmental standards, all now rewarding the city of Dubuque, Iowa with economic development.

July 3, 2014 - Andrew Dresdner

Preservation Wars Heat Up in South Beach

Decades after preservationists helped usher in one of the country’s most successful urban revivals by protecting South Beach's Art Deco buildings, Miami Beach commissioners are considering whether to strengthen laws protecting residential properties.

January 16, 2013 - The New York Times

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