I would like to be the first to congratulate you on exposing the ARB and Old Southwest's design restrictions for exactly the futile and wasteful trap they are. There has always been an understanding that the ARB is an oversight board which caters to the wealthier members of Old Southwest, including a husband/wife team that is rife with conflicts of interest.
That being said, and understood, I would like to invite Mr. Hicks and family to come live in Historic Old Southeast. We may not be as old as Old Southwest, but were more historic-er!
Despite rumors and reports to the otherwise, Southeast is a quiet community. We have parks, libraries, decent schools (if you choose to be involved), and easy access to everything. Oh, and our houses are just as big, only cheaper.
Actually, I would like to invite anyone who is looking at Old Southwest as a place to live to come look at Historic Southeast - we have just as much to offer, without the ARB design guidelines nonsense.
Historic Southeast is undergoing a change, people are taking pride in their homes and neighborhoods again. But it is because the people want it, not because the city demands it.
Mr. Hicks, when you finally get free and clear of the ARB tripe, and are looking for another place to hang your hat - I invite you to contact me, and I will personally give you the grand sales pitch on behalf of Historic Southeast.
Thank you, and good luck.