Hi - I am a grad student working on my final paper to fulfill my program requirements. I am trying to find out the effects of historic preservation in regards to “reenergizing” small towns that are not, nor will they ever be, tourist destinations. Specifically I am interested in towns located in the Great Plains region.
Essentially I am trying to identify the tangible (economic) and intangible (i.e. increase in community pride) effects of historic preservation, specific to small towns (if possible). Can anyone recommend articles or other reading material on this subject? I am already looking at the Main Street Program but I would like to see if there are any other sources of information.
In addition, does anyone know of a town(s) for possible case studies?