For both the preservation professional and urban planner, this book shows how preservation is a key to the creation of livable cities. The author Eric Allison, the founder and coordinated of the graduate historic preservation program at Pratt Institute in New York City, offers tools and case studies that preservationists and planners can learn from in implementing preservation projects or plans in cities large and small. This book is a must read for anyone working in or interested in these fields and the creation and maintenance of livable cities. The essential guide to creating livable cities through historic preservation for preservationists, planners, developers, architects, and other professionals Preservation of individual buildings and historic districts is a key ingredient in the success of vibrant and thriving cities. 'Historic Preservation and the Livable City' clearly shows how the preservation of a city's heritage supports the goals of the livable and sustainable city. The authors demonstrate the many ways in which historic preservation can benefit a community when included as part of a comprehensive planning and economic strategy. This book covers such issues as: Preservation's contribution to the economy of the livable city The economic and environmental benefits of restoring and reusing historic structures The link between affordable housing and historic preservation The importance of preserving our vernacular architecture and existing building stock Key features of the book include: A livable city checklist for the preparation of proposals and plans for preservation, planning, and urban design projects A robust set of illustrated recent examples, including the revitalizations of Lower Downtown (LoDo) in Denver, Colorado, downtown Austin, Texas, and Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Canada. The examples demonstrate that historic preservation is a key component in developing livable cities 'Historic Preservation and the Livable City' offers compelling evidence that cities, towns, and rural environments that implement historic preservation actually compete at a higher level economically and are more sustainable. They are more attractive to both prospective and current residents as well as visitors. In a world where cities must attract visitors and residents, historic preservation is an important and often overlooked tool.