Historic buildings- adding community value

Historic buildings are of major value to cities, and preservation should be considered within development. A mistake prevalent in a number of codes is the requirement that historic buildings must be brought up to current standards. Renovating historic buildings is a costly practice, and usually has the opposite effect. Rather than modernizing buildings and ruining any historical character, owners sometimes allow the building to remain as is without making any improvements, eventually requiring it to be torn down. Rather than placing such stringent requirements on property owners, codes should allow for more practical measures than whole-cloth renovations. Preservation should be desirable, rather than a chore or an impossibility

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