Kathleen Hobson and Andrea Kelley had a column in this week’s TAB laying out reason why we should be “thinking twice” before giving into the recent trend of historic district mania.

We believe local historic districts are a blunt instrument that should be used only sparingly. Historic preservation is an important community priority, but it should always be balanced against an array of other priorities, including having a diverse housing stock that can accommodate people of all ages, backgrounds and occupations — which from time to time may require tearing down old buildings.