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    Taming the Teardown Trend

    April 6th, 2009
    by admin

    Across the nation and throughout our neighborhood, there are growing concerns that teardown trends are irreparably changing historic neighborhoods as fine historic homes are demolished to make way for much larger, new houses.  Too often, these oversized structures disrupt the architectural and historic character of the existing neighborhood, diminishing livability and destroying the amenities that originally made the neighborhood an attractive place to live.

    For this reason, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has released “Protecting America’s Historic Neighborhoods:  Taming the Teardown Trend,” a comprehensive report on strategies and best practice solutions being used in communities today to control teardowns.  This booklet, which is available by clicking here, empowers property owners, once defenseless against the changes sweeping through their neighborhoods, with necessary preventative tools to combat teardowns.  The report also offers viable alternatives for preservationists and local governments seeking to limit the teardown trend.

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