Friday, January 26, 2007
Inside Tierney's World
The New York Times today profiles Robert Tierney, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission:
Distinguishing the Remarkable From the Merely Old
"Mr. Tierney was appointed commission chairman by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2003 despite his lack of a formal education in architecture or urban planning."
"Economic viability, he notes, has to be factored into landmark decisions."
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has been working overtime over the last few months to designate buildings in Crown Heights.
Doesn't the George and Susan B. Elkins House look like any of a few hundred houses left here in Queens? Maybe the key is to allow all but one to be obliterated, then LPC will landmark it.
Yes, Crown Heights North would make a nice historic district. So would "the finely detailed mansions, churches and other structures built during the 19th and 20th centuries" in Richmond Hill.
It's a proven fact that residential property values increase with designation. So is there a plan to gentrify this part of Brooklyn at the expense of landmark-worthy properties of Queens?