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How Can A Historic Designation Revitalize Downtown San Antonio?

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Downtown San Antonio is now a federal historic district, including the River Walk and about 200 buildings in the area.

The city spent $45,000 on the application for an official designation in the National Register of Historic Places, but will get a return on investment in the millions for property owners collectively in the district. 

Historic properties are protected on the state and federal level, and may be eligible for tax credits that could cover up to 45 percent of renovation-related expenses. 

 
What will the designation mean for the preservation of architecture and design in San Antonio? Will incentives encourage local restoration projects or prompt questions about downtown investment? 

What buildings and historical sites do you want to see restored in San Antonio's urban core? 
 
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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.