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For both the preservation professional and urban planner, this book shows how preservation is a key to the creation of livable cities. The author Eric Allison, the founder and coordinated of the graduate historic preservation program at Pratt Institute in New York City, offers tools and case studies that preservationists and planners can learn from in implementing preservation projects or plans in cities large and small.  This book is a must read for anyone working in or interested in these fields and the creation and maintenance of livable cities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470381922
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 937,883
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIC ALLISON, PhD, AICP, is the founder and coordinator ofthe graduate historic preservation program at Pratt Institute inNew York City, where he has taught city planning and historicpreservation since 1996. He was president of the Historic DistrictsCouncil, a nonprofit organization dedicated to New York Citypreservation, from 1990 to 2000. In 1998, Allison was appointed byMayor Rudolph Giuliani as a Centennial Historian of New York City.He is currently the Chair of the National Council for PreservationEducation, the organization that certifies historic preservationprograms in the United States. He holds a PhD in urban planning andhistoric preservation from Columbia University.

LAUREN PETERS is an architectural designer and historicpreservation specialist at Walter B. Melvin Architects, a NewYork–based, award-winning firm that specializes in exteriorrestoration. She received a bachelor of fine arts from theUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison and holds both a master ofarchitecture and a master of science in historic preservation fromPratt Institute in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What This Book Is About.

Chapter 2: Using (and Not Using) The Past.

Livable Cities.

What Can Historic Preservation Contribute to This Challenge?

An Historic Preservation Tale of Two Cities.

Is Historic Preservation Legal?

Chapter 3: What Is Historic Preservation?

The People of Historic Preservation.

What Qualifications Do Preservation

Professionals Have?

How Do Preservationists Decide What Should Be Protected?

Who Are We Saving It For?

Haven't We Saved Enough?

Saving for Everyone.

Chapter 4: The Actors: Community Groups andGovernments.

Greenfield Village in Michigan.

The Arthur Ashe Statue in Richmond, Virginia.

The African Burial Ground in Lower New York City.

Participatory Efforts.

Chapter 5: The Actors: Community Groups and Governments CaseStudy: Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Chapter 6: Intersections: How They Work Together.

Denver: Lower Downtown.

What Do Planners Do?

Historic Preservation.

Historic Preservation and Planning.

Neighborhood Conservation Districts.

Form- Based Zoning.

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Coordinate.

Chapter 7 Bringing Them Back from the Malls: RevitalizingDowntown.

Step 1: Capture the Vision.

Step 2: Develop a Strategic Plan.

Step 3: Forge a Healthy Private/Public Partnership.

Step 4: Make the Right Thing Easy.

Step 5: Establish Business Improvement Districts and Other Not-for- Profit Organizations.

Step 6: Create a Catalytic Development Company.

Step 7: Create an Urban Entertainment District.

Step 8: Develop a Rental Housing Market.

Step 9: Pioneer an Affordability Strategy.

Step 10: Focus on For- Sale Housing.

Step 11: Develop a Local- Serving Retail Strategy.

Step 12: Re- Create a Strong Office Market.


Chapter 8: Bringing Them Back from the Malls: RevitalizingDowntown Case Study: Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chapter 9: Using the Tools We Have: Urban Planning Tools ThatPreserve Historic Character.


Comprehensive Plans.

Form- Based Codes.

Affordable Housing.

Planning for Integrated and People- Oriented Spaces.

Chapter 10: Using the Tools We Have: Urban Planning ToolsThat Preserve Historic Character: Case Study: Dallas,Texas.

Historic Districts and Conservation Districts.

Regulation under the Three- Tier System.

Chapter 11: Neighborhoods for Great Living: HistoricDistricts.

The Experience of Colonial Williamsburg.

Charleston, South Carolina, Creates an Historic District.

Manchester: Historic Districts for All.

Historic Districts in Livable Cities.

Chapter 12: Neighborhoods for Great Living: HistoricDistricts Case Study: Manchester, Pennsylvania.

Chapter 13: Sustainable Development and HistoricPreservation.

Community Movements.

Preservation as Growth Management.

Reusing Our Existing Buildings.

The Cobb Building, Seattle, Washington.

Waste Management.

The Economics of Sustainability.

The Role of LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Chapter 14: Sustainable Development and HistoricPreservation: Case Study: The Cobb Building, Seattle,Washington.

Chapter 15: New Urbanism versus the Livable City.

The New Urbanism Charter.

Ebenezer Howard's Garden City.

New Urbanism: The New Garden City?

Seaside, Florida.

Facing the Criticism.

Chapter 16: New Urbanism versus the Livable City: Case Study:Radburn, New Jersey.

Chapter 17: The Global Picture.

Rebuilding the Past.

Vancouver: Queen of the Livability Stakes.

Imperial Vienna (Second Place in Global Livability).

Melbourne: Recent Heritage (Third Place in GlobalLivability).

Preserving Heritage for Livable Cities around the World.

Chapter 18: Afterword.



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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Great read!!

    I've always had an interest in historic preservation and a friend suggested that I read this book. I really enjoyed the book and reccomend it to anyone that is interested in the subject.

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