Why?

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Because PLACE Matters.

It’s not just our great outdoors, but our historic homes and neighborhoods, bridges and barns, churches and Main Streets that make Oregon so authentic and livable.

Restoration = Jobs

  • Dollar-for-dollar, building rehabilitation creates more jobs than manufacturing, logging, or new construction.
  • 60% of rehab expenses go towards labor instead of materials, much of which is imported.
  • 75% of the economic benefit stays within the local economy.
  • Historic places attract tourism and 83% of leisure travelers in Oregon seek out cultural and heritage destinations.

 

Reuse = Sustainable

  • Over 26% of our landfill comes from construction & demolition waste.
  • Historic buildings can be energy-efficient and already utilize passive heating, cooling, and lighting.
  • It takes an average of 38 years for a new building to save the energy thrown away by demolishing an existing one.
  • “Why spend all this effort recycling cans and bottles– and throw away entire buildings?” Donovan Rypkema

 

Historic = Livable

  • Design, craftsmanship, materials… they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!
  • Historic places tell us who we are and where we come from.
  • Historic Main Streets are the original “20 minute neighborhoods”– mixed-use and walkable.
  • Older buildings offer creative spaces for housing and small business incubation.
  • Historic buildings create an authentic sense of PLACE you’ll never find in a strip mall!
Sources: The Economics of Historic Preservation, Donovan Rypkema, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1998, 2002, 2005. Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit; Rutgers University and National Park Service, 2012. Oregon Heritage Commission study, 2012.The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, Preservation Green Lab, 2012. Oregon DEQ, Metro study, 1994.

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