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  •  Another part of this story (6+ / 0-)

    really got me. Mr. Preservation tore down an original chimney on the back of his house. Because it wasn't seen from the street, he didn't violate the easement that he got the big tax deduction for, but the Trust that he got the easement from said that the houses chimneys were “important character-defining elements" of the house.

    He wanted to build a deck. Asshole.

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Thu May 16, 2013 at 11:37:42 AM PDT

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    •  that's a very lenient historic commission (4+ / 0-)

      I used to live in Portsmouth NH, within its historic district. The condo community I lived in was new construction -- nothing historic about it -- but it had to use exterior materials that were permissible within the district.

      While I lived there, the condo association asked to be allowed to replace wooden clapboards with vinyl. Same color, same appearance from a distance (the buildings were set back from the street by at least 50 feet), would last decades longer than wood and not require potentially environment-unfriendly paint. And only on the sides of the buildings facing away from the street; the vinyl-clad walls would face a tidal pond, and could not be viewed by anyone else within hundreds of yards.

      Application denied.

      Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

      by N in Seattle on Thu May 16, 2013 at 12:37:38 PM PDT

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      •  Politico says (3+ / 0-)
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        he got the necessary approvals. http://www.politico.com/...

        It is a somewhat lax historic commission, I think. Taking down a chimney is a pretty major change to the character of the home.

        "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

        by Joan McCarter on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:41:32 PM PDT

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        •  that was my point (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm sure those commissions vary greatly. Clearly Gomez would have been denied in milliseconds by Portsmouth, and just as clearly the Nobles Island condos would have been approved in Cohasset.

          I have no idea where the median New England historic commission might be on this axis, but it would surely be somewhere between Cohasset and Portsmouth. My guess (hope?) is that it's closer to the latter than the former.

          PS. After hemming and hawing for a long time, I've bought my plane ticket for San Jose. See you next month!

          Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

          by N in Seattle on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:27:30 PM PDT

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        •  He didn't even go to them (0+ / 0-)

          He took the position that it was not sufficiently visible from the street. They didn't raise a peep. But his wife sits on the historic commission.

          The Trust to whom he granted the easement signed off. So much for vigorous enforcement there. The kind that might make one think all these "restrictions" brought the house down by $281K.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:26:10 AM PDT

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    •  couldn't build the deck . . (1+ / 0-)
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      around the chimney???

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