PRESERVATION IN NEW BEDFORD

The NBHC is supported by the Preservation Planner through the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development, which provides administrative assistance to the Commission and leads preservation planning activities and practices for neighborhood restoration, downtown and commercial district revitalization, and heritage tourism efforts that benefit the cultural and economic welfare of the community.

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WHAT IS HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLANNING, AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Preservation planning involves the identification, evaluation and protection of historic resources. Historic preservation does not only mean preserving old buildings, but means preserving the entire identity of a city. The cultural and historic resources of New Bedford tell the story of its past and makes it distinct from other places. The preservation of these resources provides tangible connections to our past, creates a sense of place and community pride, and in large part defines what is unique about the City of New Bedford.
Historic preservation also generates a wide range of economic, social, and environmental benefits such as:

  • Job creation affiliated with rehabilitation;
  • Increase in property values;
  • Spurs greater heritage tourism;
  • Advances positive economic development and downtown revitalization;
  • Stabilizes and enhances neighborhoods;
  • Attracts investment and creative talent;
  • Cultivates an appreciation of local and national history;
  • Advances sustainable growth.
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