San Antonio, Texas – The Economic Benefit of Urban Heritage Preservation

San Antonio, Texas, founded 300 years ago, has actively and successfully promoted urban restoration for some 90 years.

San Antonio River Walk Downtown, 15 July 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

San Antonio River Walk Downtown, 15 July 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

The City has devised a modern strategic historic preservation plan that makes heritage preservation implicit throughout the community in economic, aesthetic, and civic terms.

San Antonio - The Arneson Theatre on the River Walk, 16 July 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

San Antonio – The Arneson Theatre on the River Walk, 16 July 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

I visited San Antonio in July, 2013, and wrote an article on its work of heritage preservation for Canada’s pre-eminent periodical on municipal affairs, Municipal World, in which I have appeared before.

San Antonio - The River Walk Access to the Southwest School of Art, 25 July 2013 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

San Antonio – The River Walk Access to the Southwest School of Art, 25 July 2013 (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

In order to broaden the audience for this article, I have decided now to make it available for free rather than for purchase, and will welcome commentary and expressions of interest in similar analyses and economic promotion that creates rather than detracts from the nature of its community.

My work in heritage preservation began in 1996 when I was appointed executive director of the Museum of Vancouver, and continued when, in 2006, as chief administrative officer of the Town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, I was responsible for municipal oversight of the Town’s two museums, and its heritage preservation initiatives in conjunction with the Government of the Province of New Brunswick; and, in 2011, for the civic museum of the Town of Peace River, Alberta.

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