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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
We Are Losing This City Quicker Than We Think
No, the above is not a building in the making. It is the finished design for a new building being raised in Tribeca.
And here's an article that every Stuy Town/Peter Cooper Village and NYC resident should read:
A few money quotes:
"Everywhere you turn, you can see that our historic, distinctive city is being eaten alive by those Lords of Misrule who represent Big Real Estate. To them, New York is just a lot of unrealized Floor-Area-Ratio waiting to be built up. They do not care about history, urbanism, quality of life, sunlight, beauty, or about anything that makes our city livable. While it is true that our government is supposed to care about those things, it cannot do so if it is 'captured' by a special interest like that of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)."
On the Mayor:
"He too has been silent on the issue. Apparently he doesn’t want any more historic districts if they interfere with the ambitions of Big Real Estate. Is it because he is listening to the self-serving advice of REBNY, the real estate lobby? Most likely. Don’t forget that REBNY is the same lobby who thinks that neighborhoods like ours should be torn down and replaced with towers (as argued by REBNY’s favorite right-wing, anti-regulation economist, Edward Glaeser in his destructive book, 'The Triumph of the City'). And If you didn’t know, REBNY has been on an anti-historic district rampage for years, issuing ideologically-slanted policy statements against historic districts on their website and in editorials everwhere. REBNY even finances lobbying campaigns to take down the Landmarks Preservation Commission."
The REBNY is the enemy. The politicians who bow down to the REBNY and attend REBNY galas are our enemies.
We are losing this city. And it will never come back.