Friday Filings: Landmarks Ordinance Ruling

"If nothing else, the changes to historic districts and the ordinance should help stop creating 'snob zones,' like Lincoln Park, in the future." Albert Hanna

“If nothing else, the changes to historic districts and the ordinance should help stop creating ‘snob zones,’ like Lincoln Park, in the future.” Albert Hanna

The great big, HUGE news this week in legal matters concerning Historic Preservation is the ruling on Thursday by Illinois appeals court that Chicago’s Landmarks Ordinance is not vague.

This blog post from 2009 was written at the outset of this whole saga. Not only does the post describe the scenario quite clearly, it also lays out the seven very clear standards that are used to determine whether a building can be declared a landmark. These are essentially what Albert Hanna was challenging when he brought the case to court.

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