As a licensed professional engineer, I would like to make some comments relating to the June 10 letter about reusing old buildings.
First, old is not necessarily better. And secondly, many older buildings could not pass modern building codes and standards. Any older building should be thoroughly inspected and certified as acceptable for rehabilitation by licensed architects and engineers. Let's not be complacent about the destructive power of hurricanes and seismic loading on buildings. These and many other concerns must be researched before any rehabilitation is started on older buildings.