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History Happened Here: A Plan for Saving New York City’s Historically and Culturally Significant Sites



This 1996 Municipal Art Society report, authored primarily by Ned Kaufman, is the result of several years of outreach, discussion, and analysis.  It focuses on the process of identifying and saving sites of historical and cultural significance in an attempt to expand landmarking discussions beyond a heavy focus on architectural significance.  As Kaufman notes in his book Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation, the words “Discussion Draft” appear on the final report because it was somewhat controversial in its time.

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