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Prepared by Kathryn Welch Howe; 2001

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This study examines the potential for a comprehensive survey of the historic resources of Los Angeles and outlines steps to implement such a survey.

It looked at current survey practices in Los Angeles, reviewed comparable experiences in other cities nationally, and developed a framework to consider the challenges and opportunities associated with a citywide survey. It also includes an assessment of the Getty's own potential role in such a project.

The study concluded that comprehensive identification of the city's historic and cultural resources would present compelling community, cultural, and economic opportunities. A well-developed survey could play an important role in building civic pride and appreciation of the city's historic and architectural heritage and could significantly contribute to neighborhood conservation efforts and community development.