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Pasadena In Focus
November - December 2010

Pasadena is a “Preserve America” City

Pasadena was recently named a Preserve America Community by the federal government.

With congratulations from the White House, the designation is given to select cities that “protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.” Pasadena certainly qualifies. With an active historic preservation program run by the city, passionate preservation groups and volunteers, Pasadena has become a historic destination.

Since 1969, the Planning Department has helped secure historic status for more than 3,500 properties and works daily to add to this list. During two comprehensive surveys in the past two years, the city catalogued another 685 properties built between 1935 and 1965 that are eligible for historic designation, plus 870 pre-Craftsman beauties built at the turn of the 20th century that showcase architectural styles that are rarely seen in modern times.

Owners of designated historic properties are eligible to participate in incentive programs established by the Pasadena City Council, including a residential property tax cut of up to 75 percent, a waiver of the city’s requirements for covered parking and special rules that apply when the buildings are modified, modernized or relocated. All of these special properties provide a link to our past, fuel our civic pride and attract new residents, shoppers, tourists and businesses.

For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/historic, www.preserveamerica.org or call 744-4009.