I'm all for development, especially when it comes to the well-planned implementation of technology; however, as a city with a 400+ year history, we're obliged to tread lightly on what is essentially sacred ground for many.
I for one think the 'historically accurate' building codes in this city are a joke, but only because the building style was essentially revived by architects like John Gaw Meem, in the first half of the 20th century. At the same time, this new 'tradition' has contributed positively to the atmosphere of the city, and it cannot be discounted as a significant contributing factor of the tourism trade.
Therefore, we have the situation we're in. The local people want to progress alongside the rest of the world, yet we don't want to lose our identity. This makes development more expensive, and often introduces delays in the development process. This is a fact of life in Santa Fe; if you want to build cheap, and you want to build fast, then you don't want to build downtown.
Santa Fe is the city different. If you want to live in a city that's the same as any other, then we're probably not the best community for you. We live life en manana; if you want instant gratification, boy are you gonna be disappointed :D
I have lived almost my entire 25 years in Santa Fe, this city has changed so much in that time it's difficult to articulate, but it has changed. I'd like to think for the better, but I don't think that's universally true.
One thing I am absolutely certain of, however, is that it's not worth sacrificing the history of this community for short-term gains. Archeological, anthropological, and historical studies incredibly important to this community. As I've said before, the more we learn about the past, the more we learn about ourselves.