Preservationists want to prevent any building in Jacksonville from being torn down.
Apparently it does not occur to these progressive thinkers that if we had been doing that since the 1940s, Jacksonville would look like it did in the 1940s.
None of them remember what it looked like. I do. It wasn't pretty.
Here's a suggestion. If they want to preserve a building, let them buy it from the owner. Let them use their own money to pay the property taxes and maintenance on the 50-year-old building while they try to figure out how to make it earn some income.
Waxing nostalgic and criticizing the institution of private property is fine, and very progressive. Putting your money where your mouth is, as folks in this part of the world say, would be more impressive.