"Those who live in places like Flushing do live. They have room to live in.
The day I first visited Flushing I rented a house here. Some years later I bought one. I have lived here a dozen years or more and I never want to live elsewhere. Why?
Flushing, more than most towns around New York, has character. It is a complete town in itself. When I live in Flushing I live in a town with a history and an inheritance of memories and meanings, not in a mere collection of houses. Flushing is no mushroom, no real estate developer's suburb.
In the spring you smell the lilacs and the magnolias; in the autumn the pleasant odor of burning leaves tells you you are not cooped up in the city where the principal nose titillation is gasoline smoke. Your children have lawns to play on, not hot streets.
But, after all, the reason I love Flushing is not because it is the most beautiful town near New York, or the nearest real town, or the most comfortable (although it is all those), but because of the people in it. I think the best and the most friendly and the most kindly and helpful people in the world live right here in Flushing. And a town is only what its people are.
You don't find that Flushing is made up of mere commuters, who rush home and eat and sleep, and then rush back to New York. You will find it filled with big-souled and big-hearted men and women who want you to be part of Flushing's life, who are in clubs and societies and organizations for helpfulness and happiness, and who will welcome you and make you one with them."
Obviously, this was not written in 2007. Today, Downtown Flushing has no character, it can hardly be described as "comfortable," and the people living there for the most part couldn't care less about its history because many of them just arrived in the country. It is in no way beautiful or friendly, as evidenced in part by the exclusionary practice of businesses hanging signs exclusively in languages other than English. It is a real estate developer's paradise because anything goes here. It was targeted for early overdevelopment due to its availability of mass transit, turning it into a town that now is made up almost exclusively of "mere commuters". Throughout the year, but especially during the summer, the stench of garbage permeates the air. You can't walk the main drag without either dodging or bumping into people.
Those who live in places like Flushing simply exist because they have no room in which to live. Children there today have concrete pads to play on, not lawns, if the FAR of their building hasn't been built out to the max, pushing them out into the street. Yet no one in the press or in public office ever brings attention to these problems. Instead, they paint a happy face on this urban nightmare by calling it "a vibrant multi-ethnic community". If you don't agree with this characterization and try to inject a dose of reality, you are immediately labeled a 'racist' by those in power, who have profited from the conditions mentioned.
Flushing: A community that changed from a beautiful place to live into a neighborhood that no place should be.
God Bless America.
"Why I Live In Flushing"