There Goes The Neighborhood

I heard that there is some sort of legislation brewing to stop people from buying a house in an old neighborhood then destroying that house to build a McMansion. I’m sick to death of people knocking down a charming little home then building the Plain-o style, zero-lot-line monstrosity.

I don’t know anything about the legislation. If it will really stop the destruction of every house with personality, I’m all for it.

5 Comments so far

  1. kristen (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 2:16 pm

    that’s so irritating that people do that. i used to live in an older part of highland park, where there are still some smaller houses, and every couple months another one would go down and a house that took up the entire lot would be built. it’s so sad!

    …then one day, one of the mcmansions burned down. there was something satisfying about that.

    is it just me, or does it seem like there are more house fires in the park cities than there are anywhere else in the metroplex…

  2. Amy (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 2:26 pm

    I think this is a great idea, but I doubt it would have any impact on the Park Cities. They have their own police separate from Dallas – don’t they control the building of homes in that area, independent of Dallas as well?

    As for Dallas and areas like that of Swiss Ave., I think it is totally reasonable to require people that rebuild over there to do so with respect to regulations that govern home architecture and dictate that new construction match closely to that of the old.

  3. sam (unregistered) on August 14th, 2005 @ 7:29 pm

    I remember reading about a highland park lawsuit a couple of years ago against the owners of a new mcmansion because it was a certain number of inches taller than the neighborhood enjoyed their homes to be. The society folk really wanted them to demolish the house and rebuild it. Anybody with that much money – so much that they have time to worry about things like that – should be shot. ;-)

  4. zayn (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

    well…dallas is all about tossing out the old and rushing in the new…ain’t this futurist view of things what makes us a sort of pomo cultural climber? what would dallas be if it were just a bunch of old houses? who cares about history anyway?

  5. Renee (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2005 @ 1:45 pm

    Hey, I love those older houses as much as anyone, but protectionist legislation that screws up the housing market isn’t any solution. People who want to save older houses should buy them and not tear them down. If there are enough people who care about them, they will remain. If not, that’s really a shame, but it’s the will of the majority that rules the day.

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