From the Queens Chronicle:
I am writing to express my opposition tothe hurried and haphazard landmarking process of Sunnyside Gardens. Enough information has not been given to residents in order to make an informed decision. And, from my understanding of meetings I have attended regarding landmarking, information is irrelevant because according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, landmarking has always been imposed regardless of public opinion with only one exception.
I was under the impression that I was living in the United States, which is a democratic society. Forcing policies down the throats of tax-paying, voting citizens without a vote or considering the effects upon citizens feels more like communism to me.I am sure that many residents of this area have fled communist and oppressive governments in order to enjoy the freedoms of the democratic process. What a pity that they find themselves in Sunnyside only to be oppressed again.
Landmarking is setting a very poor example to these individuals of what democracy is all about.
As for the logistics of landmarking, I see no difference between the current building regulations that are not enforced and those of landmarking, which may or may not be enforced.Homeowners in this area need to be trusted as mature adults in their ability to maintain their homes properly. The unfounded fears of a select few should not affect the lifestyle of the majority in any area. As a democracy, the majority should rule. At least take the time necessary to make an informed decision and to consider public opinion first.
Sunnyside will not become an aluminum-sided high-risecommunity by March 6 if calendaring is not in place at that time. The rush is completely unnecessary. We love and respect our neighborhood and care for it very well.