The way buildings in central Santa Barbara are designed shows visitors its Spanish architecture roots. Some roofs are similar to the ones in Cartagena, Mompox or San Juan in Puerto Rico. Architectural preservation has always been important for Santa Barbara, and laws were implemented to stop new constructions from interfering with the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. New buildings in districts like El Pueblo Viejo have to adhere to strict guidelines in order to maintain the original architecture. Kenny Slaught encourages the city’s efforts to preserve its architecture, even if it doesn’t highlight the British influence which made it possible.