I think having historical landmarks in a city is a great thing, but at what point do we draw the line. Most of these buildings are condemned and collapsing in on themselves. They are more of a hazard and an eyesore than usable property. Why is Jacksonville bent on holding on to the past. Many other cities have allowed large companies to come in and renovate historical buildings, leaving the outside intact. This keeps the historic look of the area, but brings in modern business. The look of the downtown area is so appealing when you drive through Jacksonville, but it's just a lot of empty buildings that are falling apart and a few small shops that are struggling to pull what little foot traffic in they can.
You are way off on your first statement. You COULDN'T think that having historic buildings is a great thing ,otherwise you wouldn't be among the masses who have no value, no respect , no consideration whatsoever for the VERY VERY few historic buildings that remain. The line you are speaking of , doesn't exist and this is practiced more often than you think , Less than a week ago a century old building , not even in that bad of shape was razed. A car hit a brick building and supposedly wreaked so much damage it was considered an unsafe structure. (Totally NOT TRUE,but nonetheless it is now gone). Why? because minds like yours "drew the line" started mounting fines against the owner of this building until they had no choice but to demolish it.
Most of the buildings you are referring to are not in danger of collapsing on themselves. The School house myself and volunteers spend a lot of our time on, even though it has had no practical maintenance done in it in a half century, it is in no danger whatsoever of collapsing. Over the years, idiots have trashed it on the inside, set fire to the burnable elements of it, the last , resulting in the final portion of the Auditorium's roof coming down. Did no structural damage to the building at all. Do YOU care? According to your statement ,probably not. Your very statement is among the mentality of those who would just rather fill landfills every where with old buildings. And, hey you may get your way, but not if I can help it .
Our historic preservation ordinance MAY hold the City responsible for preserving historic buildings, but the City is doing a next-to-nothing job of doing that.
Jacksonville has done a poor (at best) job of EVER preserving anything. Private entities such as Preservation SOS are tired of the same old same old and are combating the mindless City of Jacksonville, to save some of our historic places.