As an area that was settled in 1640, Southampton has many historic landmarks and historic districts. Historic designations afford houses and other structures protections from demolition. Some places are seen are historically significant by some but not by others, and advocates have no means of getting in the way of a property owner's decisions to tear down a building.
, Patch columnist warned that in some areas property owners could demolish their houses without the consent of their spouses or mortgage holders.
Do you think that local demolition laws are too loose? Or are they too restrictive? Does the desire for preservation outweigh individual rights? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.