Great article from Ross Crockford! My husband and I have also been heartbroken by the demise of the older houses and the demolition methods. We spent many years at City Hall and community meetings trying to save some of these beautiful old homes in the Gonzales area. We have also been appalled to see the eradication of the landscaping and mature trees that surround some of these old homes. We need the trees! With all the talk of creating affordable housing, they could also be converted into small apartment buildings, maintaining their character. We saw an older home in total disrepair from it's previous owner be renovated and preserved into a beautiful house. Kudos to the renovators and to Unbuilders. We are also disheartened to see what sometimes replaces these old homes, huge single family cement bunkers. Cement is another issue. The cement industry is one of the main producers of carbon dioxide. It also damages the most fertile layer of the earth, the topsoil. It's used to create hard surfaces which contribute to surface runoff that may cause erosion, water pollution and flooding.
The beautiful house in the picture I've attached was one of the last of the Spanish Revival style and beautiful inside. Now gone.
And don't get me started on all the rock blasting that happens! Our rocky landscape is 6 million years old and irreplaceable, When did we think this was ok? It also changes the water tables for the trees killing many.