Faculty Advisor

Samson, M. David


Thirty-five years ago urban renewal programs did not think about historic preservation of older cities. Instead, many older buildings were torn down and replaced by modern buildings or older buildings had more modern materials applied to their exteriors to create a modern appearance. In recent times, people have started to view urban renewal as historically preserving older buildings. In many cases, the modernization of these older buildings has been directed to the more well-to-do people of a city or town. Not until urban developers include low-income people into the plan, will there be true citywide success of historic preservation. This research project takes an in-depth look into local plans, which have shaped Worcester's landscape. The project also tells what can be done to help further preserve the history throughout towns and cities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts