Like a lot of Hyde Park residents, I dutifully filled out my “Design Guideline Revisions” comment sheet. I like where I live and care about its context. It’s not Cheval by the Bay.
I checked Option 1, which unabashedly mentions the word “historic.” It notes that “new construction would reflect traditional styles currently found in the district.”
That’s a sentence Bill Clinton could parse to death, but it’s serviceable and sensible.
Option 2 says “guidelines that allow for influences from the mid-20th century and early 21st century would permit contemporary structures to be built.”
Sounds like a loophole the size of a McMansion, which is where we came in, isn’t it?