I am sure I have said it enough here, but outside of thinking our signature requirements are too low, I have been a proponent of overlay districts. I grew up in what I consider the original mcmansion neighborhood of Preston Hollow. Twenty years later, I am hearing the same arguments in my new neighborhood in East Dallas. As I begin to realize that my 1920’s bungalow will meet the same fate as my childhood home, I also realize that the sale of this home will bring my wife and I the same economic boost the sale of my childhood home brought to my parents. I cannot stress enough the fact that a house is a home as well as an investment. As we fail to maintain this balance, we end up with misguided legislation and hurt feelings. The reality is that taxes will continue to rise as homes appreciate, construction is loud and messy, and only a conservation or historic district can control style. Like it or not, a home is a valid investment and sometimes people are forced to “flee” rising property taxes. The purpose of my post is that I think there is a silent majority that is going to begin to consider these efforts an assault of property rights. When they do, I would not want to be on the receiving end of the backlash.