Stop Undeserving Historic District Designations

New York City has designated historic districts which highlight distinct architecturally and historically significant neighborhoods. Now they want to expand these districts with ordinary buildings. What happens when the borders of these districts keep getting extended to buildings that lack any significance? The answer is we dilute the value of the historic district designation. We lose the jobs and tax revenue from new development and we impose significant regulatory burdens on the properties.

This is what’s happening in the proposed extension of Manhattan’s SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. The proposed new boundaries take in residential and commercial buildings that do not merit this special designation. Many lack the architectural features and historical significance of the original landmarked SoHo district; they’ve been heavily altered or they were constructed at a later time.