This is a topic that is truely near and dear to my heart. As a person who loves to renovate, transform, refresh and bring vision to life.. I've always gravitated to the potential of what a little (or a lot) of elbow grease can accomplish.
HOWEVER I really enjoyed this article because it so eloquently puts into perspective the thought of preservation..." if not broken don't fix it" and in fact celebrate it!
This city is full of incredible gems that feature a history and a story that deserves be preserved.
Particular favorites of mine are Old Hollywood Deco and Spanish Colonial.
Additional perks of not going at it all with a sledge hammer are dollars in your pockets and potentially more charm to your home then you thought.