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May 16, 2014

Older, smaller buildings better for cities: study

  • Preservation Green Lab says older commercial areas like Seattle's Capitol Hill have 37 percent more jobs per square foot than areas with newer, larger buildings.
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — While small, older buildings might not make for an impressive skyline, they may be better for cities than massive, gleaming office towers, according to a study released Thursday.

    Neighborhoods and commercial areas with a mix of older, smaller buildings make for more vibrant, walkable communities with more businesses, nightlife and cultural outlets than massive newer buildings, according the National Trust for Historic Preservation's study.

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