Going on the Offensive: Telling the True Story of Preservation Impact on Affordability

From Manhattan to Boulder to San Francisco and Pasadena, once popular historic preservation programs are coming under attack. Is preservation actually at fault or a convenient scapegoat? What does the data say? Will proposed alternatives imposed from Sacramento help or hurt local housing and/or preservation programs? Hear what our panel of experts have to say about this developing and controversial issue.


  1. Examine long-term economic effects of historic district creation on property values
  2. Examine long-term sociological effects of historic district creation and subsequent gentrification
  3. Examine long-term land use implications of historic district formation and lower density development in desirable urban areas
  4. Consider local government policy alternatives that could enable higher density development in or around historic districts