By John Stewart
August 31, 2007
I declined to sign the petition because I think the market will find a balance.
I would rather see tight codes for historic preservation, where an accurate type of siding would be used if covering up the old or on new construction in an historic district. It's easy to see what's right or wrong about some more recent remuddles simply by looking at old photographs. Even easier in some cases when you look at the new facade where it meets the old sidewall.
In any case the petition has caused the community to discuss what the community as a whole wants and that is certainly not a bad thing. We ought to hear from the entire community more often.
Regarding a certain individual's retirement, I would like to say simply that he made the choice to educate himself and then educate others who were willing to learn and he earned it. It was part of his pay. It was not a gift of privilege.
Received August 29, 2007 - Published August 31, 2007
About: " Long time resident"
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