Livability.com has come out with their top ten picks for best cities in the U.S. in which to live for historic preservation.
In order to make the list, cities had to meet some or all of the following criteria set out by the editors and experts at livability.com:
– a large number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places
– offer incentives for maintaining and rehabilitating historic structures
– have active preservation groups
– be on the cusp of achieving great success by reinvesting in their historic areas
– places where residents and government officials have demonstrated a commitment to protecting historic buildings and, to a greater extent, what makes their cities unique.
And the top ten cities are:
1. Charleston, SC
2. Savannah, GA
3. Santa Fe, NM
4. Franklin, TN
5. St. Augustine, FL
6. Abingdon, VA
7. Pueblo, CO
8. Muskogee, OK
9. Danville, KY
10. Victoria, TX
It’s neat to see that Pueblo, Colorado made the list at # 7 – Pueblo is a mere half hour from the small town where I live. In fact, I used to commute there for work at one point in time.
At first I was like: Pueblo? Really? Stinky steel city pueblo?
But once I really thought about it, the ranking made sense. Pueblo has a lot of historic homes – some grand and fixed-up and others very dumpy and run down.
I look at historic real estate in Pueblo often, because I live so close and have considered buying a house there. One of the things that is so attractive about Pueblo is that it is extremely affordable – often ranked the most affordable city of its size in terms of real estate. I featured a wonderful AND affordable craftsman cottage a few months back that is still for sale in Pueblo…
You can check that post out here.
The city of Pueblo actively invests in the aesthetics of the community and also in historic preservation.
For example, I remember not too long ago when homeowners whose homes bordered a prominent park were offered cash incentives to fix up their historic bungalows. A lot of homeowners took advantage of the the program… and that made everyone else’s property value go up in the neighborhood!
The Pueblo YWCA women’s crisis shelter that I used to work at was (and still is) housed in a historic Spanish/Mediterranean style building designed by architect Walter DeMordaunt. This 1935 building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1935, the fourteen inch thick brick walls are stuccoed, and the gabled portions of the roof are covered with red tile.
– from: http://www.historycolorado.org
Pueblo also has a beautiful, thriving and well-funded River Walk that is built around the historic downtown district. Many, if not most, of the old commercial buildings have been meticulously preserved.
So I say: yay for Pueblo!!!
To view a complete run-down of all the houses on the list, see the Livability.com article here.
And to read a complete list of all the historically designated buildings in Pueblo, Colorado, see here.