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It's time to look beyond the historic designation as a trigger for building preservation. Let's face it, not every building is historically significant, but that does not mean such buildings aren't important in some other way, such as physical landmarks within our traditional neighborhoods, these buildings are cultural touchstones that remind us of days gone by, even if they do not have a grand story to tell. These are the buildings that more often than not attract people to particular neighborhoods in the first place.

Moreover, it is a testament to building materials and techniques from decades past - materials that cannot be duplicated because they simply are not available any longer (I'm talking things like old-growth fir, not asbestos siding, by the way). We're filling up recycling centers with amazingly solid wood from hundred year old homes - an incredible waste, even if technically it is recycled. We should incentivize the repair and re-use of this old material, not let it be ground into mulch. For a region that is so proud of its sustainability work, the number of building demolitions is a gaping flaw.

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