Sunday, September 23, 2007

A fresh pave is all the rave

If anyone ever writes a study of New York neighborhood squabbles, it may well include a chapter on the Paving Wars, the decades-old struggle between homeowners who pave over their grassy front yards and those who condemn the practice.

One More Skirmish in the Paving Wars

By many accounts, the Paving Wars began in the 1980s, after a rise in car break-ins led property owners to seek parking closer to home. But the practice of paving yards has accelerated as developers tear down old houses, and new landlords seek to skirt the costs of maintaining lawns. The concrete yards are most common in auto-centric neighborhoods with limited street parking, like Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and Bayside, Queens.


georgetheatheist said...

The American West lives!

This is just a modern day version of tying one's horse up to the rail in front of the saloon.

[Yeee-haaah! There's gold in them thar hills!]

Anonymous said...

This is a shame - where is Queens Civic Congress, the community boards, the elected officials?

What are the newspapers doing about this? The boro has enough of them you would think that someone would notice this.

Oh that's right, they are running real estate and bridal ads.

Lets apply pressure on the above in Crappie.

Sean Walsh, you are first. What is QCC doing about this?

Anonymous said...

And usually it's Hummers, Cadillac Escalades, and Mercedes AMG (the Rushkie Mobskies won't drive S-Class) that inhabit the paved front yards).

verdi said...

I love it george.....
the old hitching post.

Let me jes get my ole 10 gallon sombrero 'n sixgun
'n go out 'n ride the range on Bay Parkway!

Anonymous said...

if these families have kids wouldn't they want to have yards where they can play?

Anonymous said...

I wish that some developers
would go out and play in traffic!

Anonymous said...

yeah they can pave over front yards but don't they need to get a curb cut permit filed and approved??? oh yeah I forgot thats the Buildings Dept. again.