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Residents in the Uptown communities of North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights, and Mission Hills have long called for increased city oversight when it comes to the preservation of historical structures.

For the past two years, residents have asked the City to crack down on illegal demolitions of historic, or potentially historic, buildings throughout Uptown.

Some changes to the Land Development Code have been made including a physical inspection requirement by the Historical Resources Section. Residents also believe the updated community plans will help identify historical resources. But, the changes are not enough and Uptown residents want to see more done.

In a letter to chair of the Land Use and Housing Committee, Sherri Lightner, members of the Uptown Community Planning Group and North Park's planning committee offered some additional ideas.

Those recommendations include improving notification of permits, no longer allowing demolitions to be classified as remodeling projects, and to increase the penalties for the illegal destruction of historic buildings.

"Our communities, and Golden Hill, Point Loma, Old Town, and La Jolla are regularly impacted when there are failures of policy and in the systems that allow for reckless demolitions," reads the letter. "There is still much to be done if we are to save our history and what makes our communities unique and marketable."

The Community Planners Committee endorsed the letter during their June 28 meeting.

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