Preservationists have always been fighting to save historic and aesthetically valuable properties, and have met with a lot of resistance from pro-development mayoral administrations dating back to the passage of the Landmarks Law in 1965. Penn Station was torn down, and that led to the passage of the law. Unfortunately, the commissioners chosen by successive mayors have been less than preservation friendly. Everyone seems to be jumping on the landmarking bandwagon recently.
As the Internet has been able to mobilize people to take action, the printed media has been forced to cover landmarking stories. Lately, the Manhattan-centric newspapers have been having a tennis match with the subject.
First, we have Tom Wolfe's Op-Ed from the New York Times
Next, we have the response from Chairman Tierney.
In walked the NY Sun with their own Op-Ed.
And the responses to it from preservationists.
Let's not leave out AM-NY's Ten to Save. (They got a lot of requests from Queens to cover threatened buildings here then seemed to drop the topic.)
QC believes that if the landmarks law cannot be applied equally across the city, then it needs to be abolished. Let all properties be equally threatened with demolitions. Right now, only those in wealthy neighborhoods are protected and that is discriminatory.