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Old 05-08-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Default City with most historical neighbourhoods people actually live in?

I'd love to live in say, an old townhouse or brownstone from the 1890s, or a Victorian or something, but which city has the most old housing stock/historical neighbourhoods that haven't changed as much? They can be cities from anywhere from 100,000 up...Boston, Philly etc seem like the most obvious choices, but how well preserved are these neighbourhoods? What about say Charleston, Salem, St. Augustine or Jamestown?
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: The City
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Inglewood, CA
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I don't know the answer, but New Orleans should be in the mix. I'm guessing Boston though.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I'd love to live in say, an old townhouse or brownstone from the 1890s, or a Victorian or something, but which city has the most old housing stock/historical neighbourhoods that haven't changed as much? They can be cities from anywhere from 100,000 up...Boston, Philly etc seem like the most obvious choices, but how well preserved are these neighbourhoods? What about say Charleston, Salem, St. Augustine or Jamestown?
Jamestown doesn't exist as an inhabited place any longer. It was abandoned in the 1600s and is now part of a national park.

Many of the New England coastal towns have a few buildings dating to the 1600s and 1700s, but even there, most of the existing housing stock dates from the Victorian period onward.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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Most east coast cities would qualify--Boston, NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC all have a number of centrally located late-19th century neighborhoods that people live in.
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:49 PM
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Location: San Francisco
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It doesn't exactly answer the question, but here are a bunch of cities by percentage of residences that were built in 1939 or earlier ("1939 or earlier" is the lower cutoff, data is from the US census, 2005-2009 estimates):

59.2% - St. Louis
58.3% - Boston
55.6% - Cleveland
53.0% - Pittsburgh
51.2% - San Francisco
44.5% - Chicago
42.1% - New York
40.6% - Oakland
40.0% - Philadelphia
39.7% - Baltimore
35.9% - Washington DC
35.7% - Detroit
32.9% - Portland, OR
32.5% - New Orleans
30.7% - Seattle
20.5% - Los Angeles
16.2% - Atlanta
12.5% - Sacramento
10.9% - Miami
7.3% - San Diego
6.2% - San Antonio
5.6% - San Jose
4.9% - Houston
3.6% - Charlotte
1.9% - Phoenix

It's obviously not a complete list of cities or anything, but you can find all the info on the census website, if you go to the fact sheet for any city and look under "Housing Characteristics".
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Detroit's eastside, downtown Detroit in near future!
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It doesn't exactly answer the question, but here are a bunch of cities by percentage of residences that were built in 1939 or earlier ("1939 or earlier" is the lower cutoff, data is from the US census, 2005-2009 estimates):

59.2% - St. Louis
58.3% - Boston
55.6% - Cleveland
53.0% - Pittsburgh
51.2% - San Francisco
44.5% - Chicago
42.1% - New York
40.6% - Oakland
40.0% - Philadelphia
39.7% - Baltimore
35.9% - Washington DC
35.7% - Detroit
32.9% - Portland, OR
32.5% - New Orleans
30.7% - Seattle
20.5% - Los Angeles
16.2% - Atlanta
12.5% - Sacramento
10.9% - Miami
7.3% - San Diego
6.2% - San Antonio
5.6% - San Jose
4.9% - Houston
3.6% - Charlotte
1.9% - Phoenix

It's obviously not a complete list of cities or anything, but you can find all the info on the census website, if you go to the fact sheet for any city and look under "Housing Characteristics".

all of these cities are cities I expected. I really like the pictures of St. Louis homes on here. Makes me want to visit. Love older homes
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Locals live in all of New Orleans historic neighborhoods, which is the entire city.
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:31 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Originally Posted by rah View Post
It doesn't exactly answer the question, but here are a bunch of cities by percentage of residences that were built in 1939 or earlier ("1939 or earlier" is the lower cutoff, data is from the US census, 2005-2009 estimates):

59.2% - St. Louis
58.3% - Boston
55.6% - Cleveland
53.0% - Pittsburgh
51.2% - San Francisco
44.5% - Chicago
42.1% - New York
40.6% - Oakland
40.0% - Philadelphia
39.7% - Baltimore
35.9% - Washington DC
35.7% - Detroit
32.9% - Portland, OR
32.5% - New Orleans
30.7% - Seattle
20.5% - Los Angeles
16.2% - Atlanta
12.5% - Sacramento
10.9% - Miami
7.3% - San Diego
6.2% - San Antonio
5.6% - San Jose
4.9% - Houston
3.6% - Charlotte
1.9% - Phoenix

It's obviously not a complete list of cities or anything, but you can find all the info on the census website, if you go to the fact sheet for any city and look under "Housing Characteristics".
Thanks, I think it largely does answer my question, fascinating!
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Spain
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Originally Posted by rah View Post
It doesn't exactly answer the question, but here are a bunch of cities by percentage of residences that were built in 1939 or earlier ("1939 or earlier" is the lower cutoff, data is from the US census, 2005-2009 estimates):

59.2% - St. Louis
58.3% - Boston
55.6% - Cleveland
53.0% - Pittsburgh
51.2% - San Francisco
44.5% - Chicago
42.1% - New York
40.6% - Oakland
40.0% - Philadelphia
39.7% - Baltimore
35.9% - Washington DC
35.7% - Detroit
32.9% - Portland, OR
32.5% - New Orleans
30.7% - Seattle
20.5% - Los Angeles
16.2% - Atlanta
12.5% - Sacramento
10.9% - Miami
7.3% - San Diego
6.2% - San Antonio
5.6% - San Jose
4.9% - Houston
3.6% - Charlotte
1.9% - Phoenix

It's obviously not a complete list of cities or anything, but you can find all the info on the census website, if you go to the fact sheet for any city and look under "Housing Characteristics".
Great info, thanks! +1
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