Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Overdevelopment is a runaway train

BIGGER AND BETTER MORATORIUM CALLED FOR! NO NEW BUILDING PERMITS IN BROOKLYN UNTIL YOU CLEAN UP THIS MESS, MAYOR BLOOMBERG!

What can we say? We at C.O.R.D. are most grateful to have our fellow friends and neighbors not only agreeing with us but one-upping us as well. Bring it on! And we might add: SOMEBODY PLEASE WAKE UP BILL AND BILLY!!! (from their eight month "nap/ hibernation").

Below are excerpts from the "Pardon Me for Asking" blog by Katia.

"LET'S ASK FOR A MORATORIUM ON ALL NEW BROOKLYN BUILDING"

"Pardon me for asking, but why not ask for a moratorium on all building here in Brooklyn until the Department of Buildings is re-organized, made functional and more importantly made less corrupt? Lets just say "no new issuing of permits" until Commissioner Patricia Lancaster is fired and architects like Robert Scarano don't get license to blatantly disregard existing codes. Let's never forget that people like Commissioner Lancaster and politicians work for us, the citizens of New York. They get paid with our taxpayer's money, which in my book makes them our employees. We have rights. So lets use them."

"Lets tell them: NO NEW BUILDING PERMITS IN BROOKLYN UNTIL YOU CLEAN UP THIS MESS, MAYOR BLOOMBERG!



When Is Enough, Enough? Dysfunctional Development In New York City


We have a mayor who is hell-bent on development without adding sufficient new infrastructure. We have a building's department stretched to its limit, unable to keep up with all the reports of unsafe, unauthorized construction going on around the five boroughs of New York City. We have no-reveal deals struck by our Building Department Commissioner with rogue architects like Robert Scarano and we have self-certification. We have sweetheart deals put together by politicians and developers. At the same time, there are threats of eminent domain used against home-owners. Quite a combination! This would make one exciting movie if it were not reality...How about the creation of one organization to include all neighborhood groups?

Great idea! I am going to suggest the CORD people sell their artwork with blanks on them so you can fill in the name of your local neighborhood, councilmember and hated development project. The train could be shown running your neighborhood over.

5 comments:

georgetheatheist said...

The picture of the Scarano building skeleton hovering over the Carrol Garden rooftops (see the link in the post) reminds me of pictures of the Citibank skyscraper hovering over the similarly-designed landmarked LIC houses near Court Square. The difference is that Citibank TOWERS over the puny height of Scarano's "ouvre". Somehow that height factor works aesthetically.

BTW I proposed a building moratorium on Queens Crap months ago. Queens Crap rules!

Anonymous said...

To George: saw your moratorium on-line via google last summer....way to go! why not join up with Brooklyn? don't you Queens people have the "nicer" councilman anyhow?

art dog's soul mate said...

how many train paintings you think we need?
hmmmm

ken said...

help, help! They're trying to steal George!

Anonymous said...

Art rules.....and freedom of expression
is protected under the 1st amendment
of the US Constitution.
(Remember that cartoon "noose" controversy?)
"They" can't shut you up!

Keep those artistic messages coming.

Stick it in they eye
(and up the ass) of city government!