Thank you cooltapes for sharing the link. I would like to know who 'Our Historic Campus' is. And why their copy - aside from the actual petition - is misleading and now apparently in flux.
Even though the Langdon area needs some work - it would make a great little Local Historic District. It would surely benefit from at least the idea that such a designation would provide additional protection in the face of those with the financial means to make things happen.
It's a bummer Frank Lloyd Wright's 1893 boathouse is now commemorated by a lonely plaque on the corner of Langdon and Carroll. Not that I'm head-over-heels in love with his work, but hey, it was one of his first commissions as an independent architect! http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/wmh/id/37015
Anyway, the Landmark Commission's report released November 26 of last year regarding Iota Court was a very well thought out breakdown of the affected space. Also, thank you Stu for sharing the ordinance.
Who knows what'll happen. Maybe with said designation more gentlemen (and gentlewomen) with good taste like Fred Mohs will move in and rehabilitate buildings instead of leaving the neighborhood to those who practice benign neglect RE: Lucy's point.
Or maybe there'll be more commercial spaces, making it an 'off the beaten path' Langdon or something. Tourists would maybe love a multi-dimensional State Street area! Maybe more professors will move in the area, given the fact it's minutes on foot from Science Hall, Humanities, Grainger, Bascom Hill, etc.
To think this is about height is missing the point. All along, it has been illuminating to see misdirection and other Politics 101 tactics in action.
Interesting idea RE: quantifying "neighborhood values" ArturoBandini. Do you want to work as the neighborhood broker? : )
Above all, I'm glad at least one person - jjoyce - is thinking 'objectively'.