State-mandated nostalgia

It's wonderful that the Woman's Christian Temperance Union has chosen to preserve an Evanston streetscape from the Victorian area.

And I hope the Woman's Club of Evanston wins the National Register status it wants for its nearly century-old clubhouse.

A voluntary choice by property owners to seek landmark designation for their properties is a fine thing.

They trade development rights for some public help with the costly process of maintaining an aging building, and in turn they provide the community with a visual reminder of its past.