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Cities compared by the relative age of their existing building stock.
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Looks like Jane Jacobs was right

Besides suggesting that Jane Jacobs was right about the value of older and historic buildings to the vitality of a city, this article also reveals a surprising fact about Dallas.

Continuing in our effort to explore the value of historic buildings, especially in Dallas, the newly published Atlas of Reurbanism, written by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Green Lab and published on, examines the relationship between older buildings, their contribution to urban vitality and the resulting economic and social benefits. It's an approach I haven't seen and a fascinating read, so I'll not try to restate it for you hear. Have a look at it at Survey of 50 U.S. Cities Sees Benefits of Historic Preservation

The surprise, at least for me, is in the chart that I have attached separately which shows that Dallas has a higher percentage of historic buildings than Houston, Austin or San Antonio. Not what I expected, but guess I'll take their word for it. For those not familiar with the standard guidelines for historic buildings, the threshold to be considered historic is 50 years, which is 1967.