If I could accomplish anything, it would be convincing people how beautiful the houses built right after the Civil War were: urban, compact, and useful.
As it is, these wonderful houses will end up as piles of rubble, as part of some new, stupid redevelopment plan that fails before anything gets built.
But the beauty of the Italianate and Second Empire styles, sometimes combined together such as one sees in the examples below, are becoming more and more rare.
Below, a house received a Modernist reskin at some point last century.
And these houses most likely had elaborate Mansard roofs that have been stripped away.
And then there’s the random Art-Deco community center, built when there was still hope for this neighborhood.