New Research Shows That Established Neighborhoods with Older, Smaller Buildings Perform Better

New research conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the built environments in Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC shows that “established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings perform better than districts with larger, newer structures when tested against a range of economic, social, and environmental outcome measures.”

As our cities continue to develop going forward, the results of research such as this prove the need to preserve historic areas within our cities and to develop new areas that are based on principles of urban design that emphasize livability and a high quality of life for everyone instead of short-term profits for developers.