Danville has been named one of the Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.
Livability.com editors consulted with experts in historic preservation to develop the criteria for the list. They looked for cities that have a large number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places, offer incentives for maintaining and rehabilitating historic structures, and have active preservation groups. Editors also looked for cities that boast a desirable quality of life.
Danville’s preservation efforts received national attention in 2001, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented the town a Great American Main Street Award. The award honored the work of volunteers and city officials who came together to rehabilitate and beautify parts of downtown. A collective $52 million was spent on renovation and preservation in the 1990s and has paid off with 110 new businesses opening and the creation of more than 300 new jobs.