Historic Districts matter!

  • The greenest building is the one already built. Most old buildings were designed with a sophistication of thought rather than a sophistication of technology, which in terms of climate control and energy usage, integrates them with the environment in a way that most new buildings do not. Furthermore, repairing, rehabilitating and re-using buildings and materials save money, fuel and energy without the waste, debris, noise and truck traffic that new construction generates when it involves demolition of an existing building.
  • Historic districts in NYC are the densest neighborhoods of the city. They are standing models for how to build great neighborhoods elsewhere.
  • A growing body of research in cognitive science illuminates the physical and mental toll bland, corporatized cityscape exacts on residents. Historic districts provide the opposite kind of cityscape.
  • Historic districts are dynamic places that pull more than their weight compared to other neighborhoods in terms of job growth, small business habitat, and as workplaces for start-ups, as well as the creative, restaurant, and tech industries.
  • While New York’s historic districts are only 3.4% of the city, more than $865 million a year is spent on them in construction and rehabilitation.

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