Posted by Paul Malo on September 23, 2002 at 10:20:13:
In Reply to: Re: the extinction of the nuclear family of the 50's -the disappearance of the front porch - technology what is happening? posted by Kevin Matthews on September 23, 2002 at 09:40:48:
Unfortunately, as this is not "the best of all possible worlds," our milieu is competitive. A few remote cultures could (generally until recent modern times) remain stable, but in the main external forces have required adaptation, even when undesired.
Yes, as a preservationist I try to retain some marvelous enclaves without change, but it's an uphill battle. Often, in fact, these rare quarters are killed by success--the paradox of gentrification. I'm constantly working with one community where property values have so escalated due to historic charm that purchasers want to "improve" properties to make them seem commensurate with the high price they have paid for them. We're plagued with applications to expand and modernize historic buildings.
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