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4 More Dubuque Historic Districts on Register

City of Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque is being honored for promoting its historic neighborhoods. The National Park Service has approved four more districts for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Assistant Planner, Dave Johnson, says one of them is the Washington Neighborhood Residential Historic District. The 36 acres include more than 300 buildings, many built in the 1870s and 80s. And property owners can now apply for historic tax credits and grants.

The other historic districts added to the register are: Fenelon Place, Seminary Hill, and Upper Iowa Street.

Johnson says other city planners call neighborhoods like Dubuque's, "the new urbanism."

In Dubuque, we just call it "real urbanism." Some of these neighborhoods have been here for 100 plus years. They're walkable places with parks, where there's interaction between neighbors.

The National Park Service also expanded Dubuque’s Old Main Street District. The city now has a total of 17 national register districts, with more than 1,300 buildings.

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