Last July, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to modify the city’s historic preservation ordinance, thereby making it easier to demolish buildings that were at one point deemed “historic.”
While the City Council understands this a mark of progress—allowing more real estate money, and therefore more revenue, to flow into the city—historically minded citizens believe the modification places architecturally and historically relevant buildings onto a very slippery slope, making it easier to replace them with something newer, and probably significantly less tasteful.
Before the rollback on historical preservation in Beverly Hills, the city had some of the finest preservation rules in Southern California. The Los Angeles Conservancy had issued the city a resounding grade of “A+” on its own preservation report card. […]