We begin with an analysis of the diffusion of historic districts and landmarks in New York City since 1965. We then compare the characteristics of historic districts to those of nearby neighborhoods. We consider building attributes, uses of land, housing stock, construction activity, composition of the population, employment, and commercial space. Our analysis reveals some important contrasts between historic districts and nearby areas, but our aim in this report is to describe these differences and not to determine their causes.
NYU Furman Center