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How to guide new development in historic areas?

11/11/2009 5:31 PM by

Style Weekly has a short look into the ongoing conversation regarding appropriate development in a historic district:

Guidelines for historic districts prohibit new construction or additions from mimicking the historic look of an area. The approach is to make such new construction appears modern instead of faux historical.

Daab, a Church Hill resident, says such an approach could dilute historic districts by overwhelming them with modern architecture. The guidelines should be changed, she says, before new construction dramatically alters treasured historic city neighborhoods such as Church Hill, Jackson Ward and Shockoe Slip.

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