According to some researchers, urbanization has been underway throughout civilizations across the globe for more than 6,000 years. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, it is estimated that nearly 50% of the world's population live in urban areas. In the relatively young country of the United States, the population has moved from largely agrarian lifestyles during its colonial founding to nearly 80% living in urban areas today. The rapid expansion of urban populations in the US has put tremendous pressure on the preservation of historic buildings and districts. A recent study, however, found there are tremendous benefits to historic preservation in our contemporary urban society.
Survey of 50 US Cities Sees Benefits of Historic Preservation
By Jen Kinney
November 28, 2016