Photo credit: Donovan Rypkema

The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide

Client: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Date: 2005

Since it was first published in 1994, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide has become an essential reference for any preservationist faced with convincing government officials, developers, property owners, business and community leaders, or his or her own neighbors that preservation strategies can make good economic sense. Author Donovan D. Rypkema—real estate consultant and nationally known speaker and writer—makes his case with 100 “arguments” on the economic benefits of historic preservation, each backed up by one or more quotes from a study, paper, publication, speech, or report. Count on Rypkema to be entertaining, provocative, and convincing as he describes and demonstrates how strategies that include preservation help communities make cost-effective use of resources, create jobs, provide affordable housing, revive downtowns, build tourism, attract new businesses and workers, and more.

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