The majority of residents living in proposed historic districts in Newton Highlands and West Newton oppose the plans, Laura Lovett reports for the TAB.
Seventy-percent of West Newton residents surveyed and 55 percent of Newton Highlands residents said they are against turning their area into a historic district.
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.
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