Theses (Historic Preservation)

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

January 2008


A thesis in Historic Preservation Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Degree of Master of Science in Historic Preservation 2008.
Advisor: David Hollenberg


"Sprawl is corroding the very sense of community that helps bind us together as a people and a nation." In 1993 the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the entire state of Vermont on its list of 'America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places'. Vermont, the only state ever placed on the list, was facing the imminent invasion of superstore sprawl, a predicament that threatened to "destroy the characteristics that define Vermont: historic town centers, a well-preserved countryside, working farms, scenic roads, locally owned small businesses, and most importantly, a strong sense of community fostered by compact, cohesive small towns." By placing Vermont on its 'Most Endangered' list, the National Trust helped to highlight the rapid proliferation of big-box sprawl as a significant concern for American preservationists and planners.



Date Posted: 14 July 2008