Teardowns' have critics torn up
Headline and Article from USA TODAY.
National Trust link:The National Trust for Historic Preservation has identified 300 communities in 33 states that are experiencing a rash of teardowns, a jump from 100 communities in 20 states four years ago.
These preservationists are in effect trying to run other people's lives based on their aesthetic sensibilities,” says Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. “Whose property is it anyway? To have property is to be able to use it in the way you want, provided you're not violating the rights of others.”
There is so much outrage in communities over this practice,” he says. “People think they don't have tools to deal with it.” The trust has issued an online guide to help cities and residents oppose teardowns. Some of the tools: set-back requirements to limit the size of a home, design standards and zoning revisions.
Is this becoming a issue / problem in your community ?
as metioned in the article -
teardowns can be an antidote to sprawl because new homes are built in developed areas rather than on farmland miles from job centers.