Posted by steve on October 21, 2002 at 10:14:01:
In Reply to: does anyone in the US have taste anymore! posted by Martin on October 19, 2002 at 20:16:03:
The reason old buildings get torn down is that they don't function well enough for their Owner's liking (maintenance costs included) or they do not utilize the land to its fullest potential in a financial sense. Say a city district is rezoned from medium density to high density. Any building in the district that is not a registered historic landmark is going to be history. This is not always bad, and age by itself is not a meaningful criteria for a buildings architectural merit. But I do agree that we should do better with the new construction. So much of it is developer driven; cheaper,faster, and marketable are usually the only criteria that matter. What is marketable depends on the sophistication of the targeted group, and unfortunately that standard has become dumbed down over time.
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