We hope you like the way Second Avenue between Second and Seventh Streets looks, because soon enough it may never change. That's because the Landmarks Preservation Commission is set to vote tomorrow afternoon on the proposed East Village Historic District and, well, it has a very high probability of passing. Yay?

The oddly shaped proposed district (see above, or for the exact specifications click here) stretches up from 2nd Street on Second Avenue all the way up to St. Mark's and then over on Sixth Street all the way to Avenue A and has lots of carefully carved out areas that aren't part of the district (hi former La Salle School building on 2nd and Second!). It includes a number of lovely tenement buildings, a few brownstones and a number of religious buildings including the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection.

It also isn't necessarily popular with many longtime residents—religious institutions in particular have been vocal about the financial burden of the district designation. "We have spent nearly $1 million in the last decade alone conserving our building and for the city to come in and tell us that they can do it better is, quite frankly, an insult," Richard Wright, of the Orthodox Cathedral, said.

Still, Professional preservationists like the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Andrew Berman are gung-ho for the district's creation and are pushing it through. Still, we're more than a little leery of it. Yes, there are good historical reasons to try and designate landmarks and districts in New York—but there also has to be a point when it gets to be too much. Otherwise New York stops being a constantly changing place and neighborhoods become completely gentrified museums for the rich (hi, West Village!).

To that end, this latest designation, which doesn't even include an entire block on the north and south sides, is less a "district" as it is a chance to penalize property owners (many who stuck through the "bad old days") who haven't made any serious changes to their exteriors from taking advantage of the neighborhood's changing character. For example: the brownstone at 28 East 2nd Street is included in the district, but its neighbor at 26 East 2nd Street is not, despite being built at the exact same time and still having essentially the same exterior. Why not? Because the owners of 26 built a tumor building over it in 2007. And so it goes.

If the district is approved tomorrow it goes into effect immediately.