The Contributions of Historic Preservation to Housing and Economic Development

David Listokin, Barbara Listokin, Michael Lahr

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Historic preservation contributes greatly to housing and economic development. Historic preservation has produced almost 250,000 housing units through use of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. Additionally, heritage tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry, and preservation projects help further community revitalization. Historic preservation also has a downside. Preservation's growing popularity may dilute its imperative and market prowess, and some argue it is used to thwart new development. Preservation requirements may impede affordable housing production and displace area residents. These undesirable consequences are not givens, however. Preservationists are working to become more flexible, and we suggest ways to practice historic preservation while mitigating some of its negative consequences - for example, tax credit changes, more flexible building codes, and a "tiered" system of designating historic properties at varying levels of significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-478
Number of pages48
JournalHousing Policy Debate
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


  • Development/revitalization
  • Gentrification
  • Preservation


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