There is a, er, discussion, going on over on the Eckington Listserv about historic districting. And it was funny re-reading my words as one of my old posts was used as part of the argument against HDs. Although I love history, and I’m truly blessed to work in a history field, I strongly believe that history has its place and it should not always be dominate. I also take issue with a push for HDs motivated by something other than an actual historical narrative that has some meaning and value outside of the place in question. Upper-middle class aesthetics (and a inaccurate view of the past based on romantic notions) to me do not justify the extra complication of an HD on the homeowner or landlord.
Why don’t we make the whole d@mned District Historic and get it over with– Really what isn’t ‘historic’ or old in this city.
Still Anti-Historic District– Read the comments about the windows.
Rob Goodspeed has a great post on the topic of DC Historic Districts and the Architecture of Gentrification.