One of the biggest problems today facing communities with historic preservation ordinances is delinquent owners who don’t have the will or the finances to maintain their historic properties and landmarks. Historic preservation law plays an important role in building a sense of patriotism and community togetherness, fostering education and providing incentives for aesthetically pleasing architecture. When residents can identify with a community, this creates a dialogue and sense of belonging. There are also environmental and psychological impacts of preserving old buildings, since human beings are positively affected by their surroundings when they feel a "sense of place." When buildings in a historic district fall prey to 'demolition by neglect,' meaning that the owners allow their property to reach a state of deterioration, the entire sense of community can be lost.
Martin, Anna, "Demolition by Neglect: Repairing Buildings by Repairing Legislation" (2007). Georgetown Law Historic Preservation Papers Series. 17.
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