John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times
Photographer John Adkisson of the Los Angeles Times recently took some outstanding photographs of downtown Los Angeles from high top the Goodyear Blimp.
It is commonplace to say that Los Angeles has no historical memory. But that's not quite true. In fact, many older neighborhoods have tried to protect their historical character by voting for historic preservation overlay zones, or HPOZ. Homeowners in such zones need the approval of a review board before changing their houses' exteriors.
But what happens in commercial areas when preservation activists impose their will on owner-occupied businesses?
That's an excellent question.
Years ago, a friend from Europe reminded me that all the historical buildings in his town's square were actual businesses. His city wasn't a museum or an amusement park. They had to really function.
Trying to find that right balance between business and history.
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