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I am sorry, did I say 'historical'? I really meant 'HYSTERICAL'! Let me tell you all what is happening over here in Pacific Grove, Ca. ;

 

    My landlord owns a building in the downtown area of my fair city. Within this building there are two upstairs apartments and downstairs three businesses; one restaurant, one mailbox type of business, a barber shop, and one craft store.

 

     Let me cut in here to say this; my wife and I rent a one bedroom house from this man, and (hold on to your socks) he LOWERED OUR RENT AFTER TWO MONTHS LIVING HERE!). I say that so you understand, he is not one of those 'get-rich-by-taking-advantage-of everyone type of land lords! He actually has a good soul. He told me once that since EVERY building he owns, he owns outright, there is no reason to over charge the people renting/leasing from him! I totally agree. Oh, by the way, he is a Chinese immigrant and he was not raised to take advantage of others. He and his family escaped from china when it was turning Red and he always tells me the stories of how much worse life was there, worse than ANY media outlet had EVER reported. Of course, it also helps (his non-greed, that is) that he is a pharmacists at the local hospital ad has mega seniority there! O.K., back to the story;

 

      So, this building is 100 years old and in need of repair to it's exterior. No big deal, right? Right, so he gets the permits to re-stucco(sp?) the front of this place. apparently when it was built, the stucco was attached to tin, the tin eventually corroded leaving space which water got into, causing the stucco to be pushed out and away from the building. Anyway, he got a contractor to fix it.

 

     The contractor gets all set up and starts to pull the old off the building when. . . they were slapped with a 'cease and desist' order from the HYSTERICAL SOCIETY!!! Apparently, this building was once a hotel (100 year ago) and they wanted the building to be restored to its original front! Did I mention this building was 100 years old? Yes? Oh, alright then, let me also add that 'Bill' my landlord has owned this building since the 70s and had already done a lot of work to this place inside AND out, lots of renovations to make space for the four businesses. There is truly no way to make it back the way it was, and that is what Bill told them. But, being Bill, he did inquire as to if they were offering to PAY for this change over. Of course, they said they were not going to pay for anything, they just wanted him to pay for it. Bill said, 'I will take that under consideration'.

 

     So let me ask all of you, is there not something in the laws of common sense that IF one OWNS something, one actually has the right to CONTROL what it looks like? If this were such a big deal, why was nothing said back when he changed everything around? And who is going to pay restitution to the poor businesses that are being affected while this work has been stopped? It was originally slated to last 2 weeks, now it is going on 6 weeks! isn't there a law that prohibits groups from getting all hysterical (historical)?!?!

 

     This is probably the utmost in 'butinsky' I have EVER heard!


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I've heard of city-owned buildings being 'protected' by the historical society but a building privately owned since the 70's? 

 

I guess it could be worse...... ALL the taxpayers could be paying for the renovations.  Geez you'd think they'd leave the poor guy alone.


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Consider yourself lucky that you live in a state that's only 150 years old, Waltcesca. Here in Philadelphia there isn't much that's newer than 100 years.

Historical societies can be annoying, but isn't it interesting how they choose what's "historical" and what isn't?

Over a hundred years or more a location can have many purposes, who has the right to decide which retired purpose should be commemorated, rather than celebrating the present? Somehow there just aren't many Opium dens or Bordellos being restored.

I'm sure the native Americans would like to see most of America restored to the way it looked two hundred years ago. I'd probably like that too.

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Update: apparently there has been a compromise of sorts. Now, just the front of the building will be 'changed' to reflect the history


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Update: apparently there has been a compromise of sorts. Now, just the front of the building will be 'changed' to reflect the history

It is a shame to see some old building get torn down or remodeled into something completely different, but not all buildings can be saved and not everything restored to an original look was worth the time and money spent. Not everything historical was pretty or interesting to look at.

 

Worse, making demands on an owner that he make extensive restoration changes to his building, which would cause a negative impact on all parties currently renting space in that building, and then not providing the funds to make those changes, not to mention the potential loss of income if the renters are forced to move their businesses, well, I would find this situation to be outright rude if it had happened to me. If the Historical Society is not able or willing to buy the building, or pay for the remodeling, then I do not feel they should be allowed to force owners to do anything.

 

Anyway, I am glad there was a compromise settlement in this case.

 

 

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Aren't we glad the country wasn't inundated with fast food restaurants 100 years ago!


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One alternative to "preservation" is the historical marker. I saw these today



We have them all over the place, from "First Girl Scout Cookies" to "Oldest known Photograph"

Oddly enough, Frederick Douglass Hospital, which was just down the street and is now a nursing home, doesn't have an exterior marker, but it does have a nice plaque inside explaining how the name Liberty Nursing Center evolved.




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This is happening in Fresno (CA) right now.  I have to agree with MACJR.  Some buildings deserve to be preserved and some should be torn down. 

 

Restore the face and rebuild the rest, that seems reasonable.  We have such better materials these days.  Renovate and hold with the historical look.  Why not?  Seems reasonable.

 

We have these buildings in our City College that our Historical (Hysterical) Society will not allow anything to be done.  They have wasted about 20 years arguing whether these buildings are earthquake proof...a building earthquake proof, makes me crazy!!!  They are built from beautiful red brick that seems to dissolve when big shakers come tumbling through. Why not rebuild?  Why not use better brick and build in the spirit of the history?  These buidings take up 1 quarter on the campus!  They need the space. 

 

Anyway.... I simply wanted to show that the historical society reaches its hand through every town.   


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