GAMING THE SYSTEM: ARE HISTORICAL PRESERVATIONISTS ADDING TO THE HOUSING CRISIS?

With an uptick in the activities of local residents and preservationists seeking landmark designations to protect buildings it begs the question, are they for real?  Or are these NIMBY’s (not in my backyard) seeking Historical-Cultural monument status simply to block new development? Often the claims of architectural significance or their associations with historical events are a stretch, as in the case of the animal hospital at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd. that delayed the Melrose Triangle project for years.  With a worsening housing crisis, perhaps it is time to address the legitimacy of the process and make some changes to prevent these groups from blocking new housing development.

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Keith Kaplan

CalBRE #01933707
Sothebys International Realty
9255 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA   90069

keith.kaplan@sothebyshomes.com

310-646-7791

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