Capital Punishment posts about a Sun article detailing the fight that Bryan and Valerie Miller are having with the Historic people because they used fiberglass instead of wood to build a column in front of their house. Concerned with alienating his friends, CP politely suggests that sticking with wood might have been the right way to go.
I too am friendly with the Millers; I used to cater parties at their house, but I sense that such business opportunities will be rare in the future because they don't quite enjoy my position on the 2 AM issue. Or maybe they found a better cook than me!
Anyway, the Millers are right. Who cares what material you use if it looks the same? Answer: people without real jobs care. Would you stick with asbestos ceiling tile and lead paint just to stay historic? Of course not. I can't believe there is even an argument on this. What a pain it must be to live downtown.