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Historic District Faces Development Pressure

Brew reporting has closely chronicled the pitched battle between developers and residents of the city's historic Clipper Mill neighborhood. In 2019, we broke the story of a developer's surprise demolition of two 1840s stone houses. In 2020, as The Brew first reported, he had another nasty surprise for them - a $25 million lawsuit against residents who spoke out against one of his projects at a meeting. One aspect of our close coverage of this saga: holding city agencies accountable for handling a politically-connected businessman's projects without fear or favor.