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A neighbourhood community wants its historic district

Developers are sniffing around the line of 19th-century rowhouses on West 158th Street in Upper Manhattan, and residents are worried they might be altered or razed.

New York

"WHAT we have is 12 houses," Matthew Spady said, walking down a ski-slope-steep street in Washington Heights, in upper Manhattan - 12 houses that have stood together in an unbroken row since the president was William McKinley and the mayor was Robert Van Wyck, who tends nowadays...