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Letter: Historic-property ordinance is flawed

Posted: June 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hooray to TimBen Boydston and Julie Mason for their cogent critiques of the city’s proposed historic-preservation ordinance.

It’s a wonderful thing to preserve our historic roots, but it’s unfair to make a few people bear the burden of that boon.

It is called a “taking” when a property is devalued by a government entity — no matter how laudable the reason. As a form of eminent domain, the government body must reimburse the owner for the difference in property value on the open market.

The proposed historic-preservation ordinance makes no such provision. Most of the opposition to this ordinance will dissipate when the city addresses this concern.


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