What is this with you nutcases that everything has to be torn down for something ne and modern?This article inaccurately implies that there is strong movement in Wilmette for 'affordable housing'. Several attempts have been made to shove an 'affordable housing' program and a 'teardown tax' down our throats in a blantant attempt to build a housing boondogle that could be doled out to those who swear political feality to a small clique seeking to control the Village Board. Neither of these programs would survive a voters' referendum ballot.
In truth, our Village contains many old homes that need to be demolished or substantially remodelled because they would not pass a building inspection and because they contain hazardous or undesirable building materials. That they still command premium prices is not due to love of obsolete architecture; but, to high land prices due to our Lake Michigan shore line, our proximity to Chicago, our relatively high educational levels and some of our infrastructure.
There is no lack of demographicor econimic diversity or 'affordable housing' in the area. Our contiguous neighbors include Evanston, Skokie, Glenview Winnetka and Keniiworth. If Wilmette doesn't have it, then you can find it right next door.
Still, there is room for improvement in Wilmette. We need to encourage replacement of outfated buildings and construction of critical infrastructure repairs (e.g. an alternative power supply for a Village lift station that failed in last August's storm which flooded the west side of the Village).. Because of excessive regulation, there is no economic incentive for commercial property owners to upgrade our downtown shopping district. These, and other, problems could be resolved if only our Village Board would stop wasting time on trivial causes such as 'affordable housing', teardown taxes and historic districts and instead concentrate on engineering and finance requirments that will increase property values and attract more talented residents.
If it bugs you that much then move to some place that's more modern?