Tools To Help Protect Your Historic District

Posted on: February 9th, 2016
by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff, National Trust for Historic Preservation
(MHPN is a statewide partner of the NTHP)
NoHo Historic District | Photograph Courtesey of the New York Landmarks Conservancy

NoHo Historic District|Photograph Courtesy of the New York Landmarks Conservancy

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]

Online Articles

Supplemental Reports

Additional Resources

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1 Response to Tools To Help Protect Your Historic District

  1. Vicki says:

    I’m glad to have visited your blog, finally. I wanted to “press this” at my preservation site, but apparently I can’t! is it’s own thing, but wordpress still just recognizes my main account, I guess. *sigh* Another reason to move it somewhere else soon, I guess. Anyway, I appreciate your organization’s work. Hopefully, I can build support for the history group I’m trying to start in Port Huron. So far, I’ve run into more roadblocks than sunny streets.

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