A central city is a generator of culture, a locus of financial activity, and a center for public communication through publication and mass media. This area houses the most important institutions for the rest of the municipality. As a result, historical character and authentic design of these buildings serve an important marketing tool for businesses in the area. Recently, societal changes like market unpredictability have created an unstable environment for our central cities' economies. Therefore, by examining a prospective development plan like historic preservation, we can hypothesize on a way to revitalize central cities through reinvestment back into the communities. The city of Cleveland, Ohio was used to evaluate the potential influence of historic preservation through a comparison analysis that involved Galveston, Texas, a city that has already implemented preservation for urban renewal. Cleveland's recent involvement in preservation is acknowledged as well, to exemplify the results of some established historic neighborhoods, and their influences on the community as a whole. To conclude, future suggestions will be discussed on a larger scale to create a more efficient and concrete strategy for the proper utilization of such a new policy technique for the city of Cleveland and others cities involved in comparable situations.


Godek, Stephen

Second Advisor

Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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