Originally Posted February 9, 2016
In the last few weeks, historic preservationists across the country have noted heightened threats to a key protective tool in saving places: historic districts. Swift-moving legislative efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin have been especially troubling. While threats to historic districts have existed before, accompanying negative editorials on sites such as CityLab call for a strong and concerted response. These attacks ignore the short- and long-term benefits of historic districts—economic, social and environmental—in favor of politically expedient but unnecessary curbs that would likely drive down the very development and investment that historic district opponents are trying to attract.
We know leaders in the field want to speak up but need the right tools and resources to make a strong case. Our efforts in Michigan and elsewhere are producing materials that can help you advocate for historic districts in your community.
Here is an initial list of resources to help with make the case for your historic district.
Note: This is just an initial list of materials to get the ball rolling. If you have anything you think should be added, email forumonline [at] savingplaces.org.
[Updated 2/17/16 with new Key Messaging document and some economic data on the Wisconsin HTC]
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