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Letter: How Long Island discards its heritage

Brookhaven Town officials said an abandoned house on

Brookhaven Town officials said an abandoned house on Montauk Highway in Blue Point was torn down on July 26, 2016, because of safety issues. But some residents who say the house was more than 150 years old say it should have been preserved. Credit: Gene Horton

It is said that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. The story “150-year-old vacated home demolished” [News, Aug. 9] showed what’s wrong with Brookhaven’s one-size-fits-all fix for problem houses.

The town’s aggressive action is welcomed by people concerned with dangerous structures and related activity. The problem is that no care is given to a building’s community value.

Blue Point is a nice residential community with suburban ambience and significant history. But in the last four years, we’ve lost two 150-year-old homes. This is using a sledgehammer to fix a manageable problem. Across the nation, many towns work hard to preserve history. Something’s very wrong with how our town approaches this question.

Ed Silsbe, Blue Point

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Blue Point Community Civic Association.