Saving history before it's too late
I have been noticing a growing amount of articles related to the tearing down old/historic houses in Coconut Grove (not only on your blog). Same as you, I am not against modern houses, I actually live in one, (although there was no house on my lot previously and neighbors where able to save most trees as far as I know and I planted many myself too).
Unfortunately, there are two cute cottages from 1936 by my house, that as far as I know, will be torn down to build two new houses. It is a shame, because they are really nice and could have been updated. There are plenty of old, ugly houses in the Grove, that if torn down, nobody will miss, on the contrary. But it's a shame when they are charming, historic houses. It would be so nice to have them updated, have a mix of old and new, the way they do it so well in Europe. But for that to happen, there needs to be also some sort of protection and most importantly preservation of these old homes, because by the time someone buys them, they are all rotten and with so much termite damage, that it makes it hard or too expensive to save them.
Which was probably the case with the house on Hibiscus and Avocado. The cute little cottages I'm talking about (on Avocado one and Loquat the other) have been sold a year ago and abandoned since then. You can see them deteriorating daily. It's the perfect excuse to knock them down.
On one hand unfortunately the city doesn't protect the properties with historical value from being destroyed, but there's also the fact that by letting them rot, we give them an excuse to destroy them. It shouldn't get to that point. I have no idea what can be done. I just wanted to add a little something to this matter.
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