Thursday, January 12, 2017
Score One For Property Rights
Demolition has begun. Remember that Louisville couple who had to fight for the right to demolish their home? They won in the end by convincing Metro Council to overturn a ruling of the Landmarks Commission. That should not have been necessary.
The couple bought an old house in the Highlands with the intent to renovate it, until costs proved prohibitive. They couldn't sell it. The Landmarks Commission fought their attempts to tear it down. To justify this infringement upon the right of the homeowners to use their property as they see fit, efforts were drummed up to make the house look "historic" -- as opposed to just old.
I like old houses, I do. I live in one that we renovated, and thereby learned that renovation is way more expensive than new construction. We did it anyhow because we like history and wanted that reflected in our home.
That's my personal preference as a homeowner. It doesn't follow that I get to impose it on what other people choose to do with their own homes.
The basis of the fourth amendment, after all, is that a man's house is his castle. That reasoning applies to historic preservation, as well.
Property rights are the bedrock of rule of law. Thank heavens our Metro Council recognized that and did the right thing.