Does Preservation Accelerate Neighborhood Change? Examining the Impact of Historic Preservation in New York City

Ingrid Gould Ellen and Brian J. McCabe
2016. Journal of the American Planning Association, 82(2): 134-146.

A number of studies have examined the property value impacts of historic preservation, but few have considered how preservation shapes neighborhood composition.  In this study, we ask whether the designation of historic districts contributes to changes in the racial composition and socioeconomic status of New York City neighborhoods.  Bringing together data on historic districts with a panel of census tracts, we study how neighborhoods change after the designation of a historic district.  We find little evidence of changes in the racial composition of a neighborhood, but report a significant increase in socioeconomic status following historic designation.

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