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Overturning Historic Designations Trend

Overturning Historic Designations TrendSOHO has identified a disturbing trend that puts all our historic resources at risk. Historic designations are being overturned by unlawful appeals to City Councils and city officials. Owners of historic sites are hiring lawyers to argue, falsely, that their properties do not merit landmark status and should be removed from the historic register. This has happened most egregiously recently in Coronado with one major home being demolished and another of that city's grandest Spanish Revival masterworks being cleared for demo or remodeling, and in San Diego false testimony and lobbying turned the city council to rule against their own legal best interest. While these reversals placate property owners, they come from unqualified and sometimes irresponsible administrators or City Councils. This trend reflects decision makers' blatant disregard, sheer ignorance or willful misunderstanding of the arduous designation process and preservation law. In San Diego, for example, the ordinance specifies strict conditions to appeal for de-listing. Personal whims and urges to demolish historic resources for financial gain or otherwise are not among them.

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