I am glad to see that the Historic department is working on issues like this. I don't think that was how it has been historically.
One concern I have is how Historic Districts are defined, and enforced. Springfield is Historic, but demos, until recently were encouraged and fast tracked, often without any comment, or consideration of the whole neighborhood. It's great that Preservation SOS and others are working to change this. There is a fine line between keeping a neighborhood in check, and trampling property rights. I do feel that if you do have a historic property, you really have an obligation to maintain it, and not butcher it. Restoration and integrity are key. I grew up in a historic neighborhood, but it seems each is defined differently, and each designation (Historic, Landmark, etc) means different things, often significant. Just because it is 'historic' does not mean demo is not legal. I think there needs to be some sort of standard, at least within a city, or area.