If you’ve ever had to deal with a designated historic neighborhood, you’ll know that they can be a very tricky situation.
In my past life of working for new home builders, I’ve gone round and round with historic neighborhoods, and we just agree to disagree. Crack houses and tinderboxes have very little historic value. However, the “Generica-America” style of homes do not belong in historic neighborhoods either.
Two Sides of the Coin
On one hand, a historic neighborhood designation is there to preserve classic styles and architecture. Historic areas don’t want production builders coming into their neighborhood and building homes that belong in the ‘burbs.
On the other hand, there is nothing historic or aesthetically pleasing about crumbling homes that have outlived their usefulness and would cost more to rehabilitate than to tear down and build a new home.