Livability.com has come out with their top ten picks for best cities in the U.S. in which to live for historic preservation.

image from: http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/pueblo

In order to make the list, cities had to meet some or all of the following criteria set out by the editors and experts at livability.com:

– a large number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places

– offer incentives for maintaining and rehabilitating historic structures

–  have active preservation groups

– be on the cusp of achieving great success by reinvesting in their historic areas

– places where residents and government officials have demonstrated a commitment to protecting historic buildings and, to a greater extent, what makes their cities unique.

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And the top ten cities are:

1. Charleston, SC

2. Savannah, GA

3. Santa Fe, NM

4. Franklin, TN

5. St. Augustine, FL

6. Abingdon, VA

7. Pueblo, CO

8. Muskogee, OK

9. Danville, KY

10. Victoria, TX

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It’s neat to see that Pueblo, Colorado made the list at # 7 – Pueblo is a mere half hour from the small town where I live. In fact, I used to commute there for work at one point in time.

At first I was like: Pueblo? Really? Stinky steel city pueblo?

But once I really thought about it, the ranking made sense. Pueblo has a lot of historic homes – some grand and fixed-up and others very dumpy and run down.

image from: realtor.com

I look at historic real estate in Pueblo often, because I live so close and have considered buying a house there. One of the things that is so attractive about Pueblo is that it is extremely affordable – often ranked the most affordable city of its size in terms of real estate. I featured a wonderful AND affordable craftsman cottage a few months back that is still for sale in Pueblo…

image from: realtor.com

You can check that post out here.

The city of Pueblo actively invests in the aesthetics of the community and also in historic preservation.

image from: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

For example, I remember not too long ago when homeowners whose homes bordered a prominent park were offered cash incentives to fix up their historic bungalows. A lot of homeowners took advantage of the the program… and that made everyone else’s property value go up in the neighborhood!

image from: realtor.com

The Pueblo YWCA women’s crisis shelter that I used to work at was (and still is) housed in a historic Spanish/Mediterranean style building designed by architect Walter DeMordaunt. This 1935 building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

image from: http://www.ywcapueblo.com/wordpress

Built in 1935, the fourteen inch thick brick walls are stuccoed, and the gabled portions of the roof are covered with red tile.

– from: http://www.historycolorado.org

image from: http://www.ywcapueblo.com

Pueblo also has a beautiful, thriving and well-funded River Walk that is built around the historic downtown district. Many, if not most, of the old commercial buildings have been meticulously preserved.

image from: http://www.rte50.com/2007/06/downtown-pueblo.html

So I say: yay for Pueblo!!!

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To view a complete run-down of all the houses on the list, see the Livability.com article here.

And to read a complete list of all the historically designated buildings in Pueblo, Colorado, see here.