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Website ranks Victoria No. 10 in nation for historic preservation

By ALLISON MILES
May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.
Updated May 24, 2012 at 12:24 a.m.

New sidewalks made from pavers line Main Street in downtown Victoria, including improved access to crosswalks for disabled people.

NATION'S TOP 10 CITIES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION:

1: Charleston, S.C.

2: Savannah, Ga.

3: Santa Fe, N.M.

4: Franklin, Tenn.

5: St. Augustine, Fla.

6: Abingdon, Va.

7: Pueblo, Colo.

8: Muskogee, Okla.

9: Danville, Ky.

10: Victoria

Source: Livability.com

To view Victoria's write-up on Livability.com, visit livability.com/top-10/top-10-cities-for-historic-preservation-/victoria/tx

Ongoing restoration efforts have placed Victoria on the map.

Livability.com ranked Victoria 10th on its list of top 10 cities for historic preservation.

The website, which touts itself as "a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America's Best Places to live, visit, work, play and explore," noted factors such as Victoria's Main Street Program, museums and 113 registered historic properties.

Gary Dunnam, executive director of Victoria Preservation, Inc., said he believed it was the number of restored structures in a city Victoria's size that drew attention to the Crossroads.

"That includes houses, our historic courthouse, which is one of the 10 most popular historic courthouses in the state, and our Junior League building," he said. "Victoria Preservation has been patiently persisting for the last 32 years."

Dunnam said he was glad to learn of the recognition.

"We have worked very hard to preserve what's left here in town," he said. "We're very proud of any type of praise like this."

Attempts to contact representatives with Livability.com Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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