Week 2 Question

To me, discussing the compatibility and incompatibility of Historic Preservation and Sustainability reveals the need to integrate more material-based quantitative measures of preservation into preservation policy. Chusid’s chapter on Natural Allies makes the point that Preservation values are typically more qualitative in nature, tied to narrative and historical significance, while Sustainability promotes measurable, quantitative improvements. Reading this chapter had me wondering how the integration of more quantitative measurement that emphasizes retention of historic fabric on a sustainability basis, such as in local conservation districts (and perhaps in areas that are old and intact, but not superlatively “significant”) in preservation policy, might change the overall attitude of the public towards preservation and conceptions about what it encompasses and whether there is any precedent for this kind of district.

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