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The Globe’s John Hilliard explores the proposal to establish a historic district “to combat teardowns in the West Newton Hill neighborhood, but critics say the move would impose unfair restrictions on property owners.”

“We’ve seen perfectly good houses go into dumpsters,” said Laura Foote.

 

“I don’t believe we’re entitled to make aesthetic decisions for neighbors, nor should they be entitled to make them for us,” said Betsy Hecker.