Tuesday, February 10, 2009

On the waterfront

From the Daily News:

For the past 15 years, developers who have built certain structures along the waterfront have been required to provide access areas. But those regulations forced them to follow a series of rigid guidelines.

In some cases, the results have been waterfront areas that are tough to get to and have little to offer.

Under the new regulations, developers would have more flexibility. They would even be allowed to open cafes and boat launches.

[City Planning Commissioner Amanda] Burden said she envisions tree-lined streets that draw people to the water.


Anonymous said...

I always love how 50 story waterfront buildings are reduced to an inch square rendoring in the newspaper stories that are little more than press releases from the developer.

We never get a chance to actually see that the developer is planning a five story wall facing us, or a 50 foot walkway on the water that is 'public access.'

And since this would never happen on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, the presevation community never says a thing.

Anonymous said...

There should be one standard for waterfront use thoughout the city, not based upon determination of social class.

Brooklyn Heights is on the waterfront. Brooklyn Heights deserveres waterfront access.

Ravenswood is on the waterfront. Ravenswood does not deserve the blank-wall-ass end of 50 story monoliths.