The immediate impetus was the destruction, this past spring, of a notable mid-nineteenth century house in the center of town, for creation of a private parking lot.
I'm now more convinced than ever of the need for such a longer piece because, as chance would have it, the Historical Commission joined the list of town bodies that have been making the news in recent months. Demolition delays imposed on a wooden trolley-car barn and an extensive ornamental fence have generated some controversy. In the meantime, plans for creation of a local historic district—which would provide stronger but more subtle tools than just demolition delay—move slowly forward. And just this week, we took up the issue of whether an old farm property purchased by the town for purposes of open space/recreation and affordable housing should entail repurposing or demolition of the farmhouse (a brief note on the latter in a moment).
At any rate, more on all this soon. I've got to finish preparing for an outdoor class session in our historic 1730 West Cemetery and the later Wildwood park cemetery.