Historic character preservation during neighborhood revitalization: a mixed methods analysis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Catherine L. French (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll

Abstract: The intent of this two-phase sequential mixed methods study is to assess the retention of historic character in neighborhoods listed on the National Register of Historic Places during redevelopment with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The first phase is a qualitative investigation of four North Carolina case studies to determine changes over time in their visual character by collecting archival photographs from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, field survey data, and current photographs on site in the neighborhoods. Findings from this qualitative phase are then coded and thematically mapped with the Historic Character Retention Diagnostic to determine how the historic character of neighborhoods changed during redevelopment through comparisons of archival and current photographs. The second phase maps patterns of demolition, infill, and investment through Rehabilitation Tax Credits using CartoDB, a GIS mapping platform. Of the 65 total sites included in the Historic Character Retention Diagnostic, two-thirds have been maintained. As a tool, the Historic Character Retention Diagnostic excels in mapping patterns of rehabilitation and deterioration, which are two categories difficult to quantify with property tax data and Rehabilitation Tax Credit information.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2015
Community Development Block Grant, Historic Character, Historic District, National Register of Historic Places, Neighborhood Revitalization, Redevelopment
Community Development Block Grant Program (U.S.)
Federal aid to community development $z North Carolina
Historic buildings $x Conservation and restoration $z North Carolina
Historic districts $x Conservation and restoration $z North Carolina
Historic preservation $z North Carolina
Urban renewal $z North Carolina

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