Historic Preservation

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Has Manhattan Become Too 'Manhattanized'?

Midtown is a hive of construction, with one luxury tower after another replacing older buildings. What's being lost?

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Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History

Sniffing around a new Bay Area exhibit devoted to the smells of places from the modern day to the Middle Ages.

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Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

Walt Disney Tagged This Door, and Other Early American Graffiti

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has assembled a fantastic collection of art and tagging, including a face from 1777 drawn in a British soldier's blood.

The Sad Fate (But Historic Legacy) of the Houston Astrodome

Though now likely doomed for demolition, when the Astrodome first opened in 1965, it was a profoundly American invention.

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How Historic Architecture Can Anchor Economic Development

The case for turning historic districts into thriving, walkable downtowns.

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Can You Spot the Trash Hidden Among These Roman Ruins?

Leonid Tsvetkov's strange, fascinating art project.

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Buffalo Residents Team Up to Buy Old Train Station a $3,000 Gift

Happy holidays, Central Terminal.

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Lessons From a Reinvented Military Base

The story of how this urban asset was re-purposed holds truths for cities engaged in similar transformations.

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The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

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A Global View of Architectural Conservation: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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How Historic Preservation Helped Save Denver's Downtown

Back in the 1980s, the area lost a fifth of its building stock.

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The Irreplaceable History Being Destroyed in Aleppo

The city's cultural treasures, including its Grand Mosque and centuries-old souk, are in danger of being permanently lost to the war.

A Key Historic Preservation Tool Is on the Brink of Extinction

What's at stake if Congress cuts the historic preservation tax incentive.

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Remembering a Pioneer of American Architecture Photography

Jack Boucher spent his life preserving historic buildings with his camera.

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How a Political Convention Helped Save America's First Modernist Skyscraper

In 2000, the RNC unwittingly became a preservationist force in Philadelphia.

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Who Has the Right to Preserve a City's Past?

As an out-of-towner applies for historic designation, a city considers changing its rules on preservation.

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The 10 Most Compelling Historic Preservation Reads

From helpful guides to digging deeper.

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What Does Preservation Mean in a City Without History?

Rapidly developing Abu Dhabi considers saving its disappearing past.