Historic Districts are Older, Smaller, Better

The historic Pioneer Building. Photo by Hien Dang.I always knew I liked historic neighborhoods better than others because of the way they make me feel. A new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Green Lab takes a deeper look into why many of us feel that way. Older, Smaller, Better studied historic districts around the country, including Seattle’s own Chinatown/International District and the Pike Pine Corridor. Among their findings:

1/ Older, smaller buildings provide space for a strong local economy

2/ Older business districts provide affordable, flexible space for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds

3/ The creative economy thrives in older mixed-use neighborhoods

4/ Young people love old buildings

I think that last point might have been a typo and should really have read, “People young at heart love old buildings,” because I plan to love them for a long time to come.


David Yeaworth, Deputy Director