The NY Times has an article about how Connecticut towns mandate the preservation of colonial era property walls. This probably means they still have colonial era homes! That must be nice:
For Many Colonial-Era Walls, No Tumbling Is Allowed
Mr. Jacobson, a real estate developer, said he was happy to meet the town’s requirements because he, too, wanted to preserve the historic elements of his property. “That is an essential part of the character of the town, the people of the town and everything that permeates the town,” he said.
That's because you live there, buddy. Do you care as much about those things in the communities in which you build? How many developers actually choose to live in the neighborhoods that they destroy?
Photo from NY Times