Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historic Districts; City Hall Listens to Residents This Time

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historic Districts; City Hall Listens to Residents This Time

Article excerpt

When circumstances change, so should government policies. That's why the City Council was correct to modify code enforcement rules in historic districts.

Current law allows the city to impose stiff fines or even demolish rundown houses if the owners don't repair them.

Most of the time, it makes perfect sense to enforce those rules.

It's in the public's interest to get rid of unsafe buildings, one way or another. Besides, rundown houses make neighborhoods look bad and bring down property values.

But Jacksonville, like the rest of the nation, is mired in an economic meltdown. Many people are unemployed, and many of those with jobs have taken pay cuts.

Some people want to fix those houses but lack the money - and may not be able to do it for the duration of this downturn.

And when houses are demolished, it takes a toll on historic neighborhoods.

When Springfield was designated a historic district in 1987, a Times-Union news article reports, it had 1,784 buildings. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.