The area where I do most of my work is currently embroiled in a debate over zoning laws. The saga began because a local developer planned to build a large complex on a site that currently contains several historic homes. You can read more about the debate here:
1) Middletown Patch: http://middletown-ct.patch.com/blog_posts/chamber-corner-with-larry-mchugh-041cf64d http://middletown-ct.patch.com/blog_posts/developers-should-not-author-zoning-code
While you can probably guess how I feel about the issue - history is my lifeblood - the issue raises larger questions.
1) What is our role in historic preservation?
2) Can we - or should we - encourage our towns to consider historic homes as a business model?
3) If yes, how do we do so?
Here are the views of one blogger. What do you think?