So then the problem isn't HCDs per se; but some HCDs, the motivations for same and the details within same.
How about we avoid baby and bathwater syndrome and fix the problematic ones rather than banishing HCDs writ large.
Oh, I never suggested banning HCDs. I said "stop using heritage conservation districts as a blatant attempt to stiffle development on main streets", which is an improper use of HCDs. There are places were HCDs are an effective tool. Other places where their use is questionable. For example, the use of an HCD for a massive, quickly evolving and highly diverse area like the St. Lawrence so-called "neighbourhood" (which extends from Yonge to Trinity, according to the HCD) has been questioned by planners and heritage consultants.