Using Historic Preservation To Block Suburban Renovations

Is the movement a valid attempt to stop 'Home Depot moderne' from infiltrating historic older suburbs, or simply another mechanism to control property rights?
April 13, 2006, 11am PDT | David Gest
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Renovating families "might soon be living in the middle of a 1,330-property, 74-block historic district. If that happens, [major renovations] would be subject to approval by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will aim to maintain or restore the historic character of the area."

Supporters say that the case for a new preservation district is "slowly being eroded behind construction scaffolds. The citywide development boom has deposited gaudy McMansions in the area -- looming monsters laced with baroque fencing and putrid brickface. The Broadway-Flushing Historic District proposal is a bid to fend off this invasion of what one Queens preservationist calls 'Home Depot moderne.'"

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Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in The Village Voice
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