Thursday, February 5, 2009

You feel that way too, eh?

From Mole 3333 at Daily Gotham:

I am sick and tired of NYC putting developers on a pedestal and claiming it's good for the community. At its best development is great. But the way it is done in NYC the developers get whatever they want and a vibrant community gets replaced by luxury condos and unfilled office space. And more often than not it is all done behind the backs of the voters. As long as developers get secret sweetheart deals, then back out of their promises, I do not believe development, as it has been implemented in recent years in NYC, is beneficial. We need development plans like the Unity Plan, not more and more overpriced and oversized projects that promise jobs and affordable housing but do a poor job of delivering anything but profits for millionaires at taxpayer expense.

And Bloomberg is at the head of this movement to give developers everything they want, usually through backroom deals.

17 comments:

Rock Wangslot said...

"I am sick and tired of NYC putting developers on a pedestal and claiming it's good for the community. At its best development is great. But the way it is done in NYC the developers get whatever they want and a vibrant community gets replaced by luxury condos and unfilled office space."

Wait a minute... I know that code. "Vibrant" community? Someone is complaining about the loss of "vibrant" community, and QC is endorsing this viewpoint??? Red alert! Red alert!

By the way, isn't this simply pattern NYC throughout history? Don't like it, then move? That sort of thing?

Anonymous said...

Even worse is when you are working class or poor and your stabilized apartment becomes the prize. Then the landlord suggests that you move underneath the 59th street bridge.

Queens Crapper said...

Sorry, fail to get your point #1. When speaking about Queens, "vibrant" must be paired with "diverse". City Planning doesn't consider vibrant to be good enough by itself like they do for the rest of the City. Our neighborhoods were vibrant (pulsating with life, vigor, or activity) before it was in vogue to use the term as a mantra for shoehorning more people into a neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

No this hasn't been the pattern throughout NYC history. Changes have never been this sweeping before. Changes tended to happen gradually over time.

Anonymous said...

The change entailed a give-a-way to smart developers who armed with big bucks, moved rapidly and early before the party ended. The empty and sometimes unfinished properties that you see are those very late in the game and those greedy chasing dreams of mimic-ing what others have long completed/accomplished. We the existing residents are stuck with bad development and a radically changed environmnet.

Queens Crapper said...

And might I also add that after DCP gets done with an area, it ends up being luxury condos or a total slum, which means it's actually less vibrant and diverse.

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg...
THE MAYOR FROM HELL!

Let's send him back there!

NO 3rd TERM!

Anonymous said...

"We don't need the poor and middle class ruining New York City.
I propose we build a debtors' prison and pass an ordinance that unless you earn at least six figures annually you can not live in MY CITY"!

King Michael Bloomberg the 1st.

Wait a minute...
isn't that already happening
in a de-facto manner,
except for the debtors' prison part?

Taxpayer said...

"And Bloomberg is at the head of this movement to give developers everything they want, usually through backroom deals."

So, to control this greed-driven wrecking-ball neighborhood destruction, you must control who is at the top of the city agencies.

Dump the miserable, humorless, greedy, boring, grasping Commissar!

Rock Wangslot said...

No this hasn't been the pattern throughout NYC history. Changes have never been this sweeping before. Changes tended to happen gradually over time.

Might I suggest reading a little history?

Taxpayer said...

Ya know, New York City has had some really criminal mayors in the past.

But, when we read about most of them today, we see that they actually had human personalities.

Most of them were alive and attractive.

But, when you look at his present-day lump of shit who poses as the mighty, colossal financial genius, anyone who takes a look can see the emptiness, entirely devoid of any human features. He is entirely repulsive.

He is without any useful intelligence, any humor, any wit. He reads his speeches to the smitten without interest, even without understanding the words he mouths.

He is a spoiled, vindictive, temper tantrum throwing midget liar who has not accomplished anything useful since his first term.

This is a creature who commanded a newly pregnant subordinate to "kill it" when he learned that she was excited about her baby.

This is a pig who abused and sexually harassed the women employees at his business.

He is incapable of management. He will not delegate, but will not control the various city agencies.

Instead, he is obsessed with controlling the taxpaying citizens by his obesity controls, smoking bans, trans-fats bans, calorie counting on menus, and the closing of delis where a salami is hung in the window. Now, he is on a rampage to control our salt intake.

Meanwhile, the city agencies are rogue elephants, spending and the budget are out of control, crime is rising and his cure is to eliminate police.

And, he has the audacity to actually believe that we need him for an illegal third term?

Dump him!

Anonymous said...

"Might I suggest reading a little history?"

Enlighten us, oh mighty one!

Anonymous said...

Let's remember there were still farms in the 1960s in Queens. They started being phased out in the 1910s because they were incrementally taxed into oblivion so that the farmer had no choice but to sell to developers just to break even.

Anonymous said...

Let's remember there were still farms in the 1960s in Queens. They started being phased out in the 1910s because they were incrementally taxed into oblivion so that the farmer had no choice but to sell to developers just to break even.

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1910? Try mid 1800s.

Anonymous said...

We feel that way too in Jamaica Estates. The Bloomberg Administration provided every possible concession to Saint John's University and Kamali Developers so they could build their off campus dorm. Mayor Bloomberg does not care about Jamaica Estates(or any other community for that matter) or how this increase in density will affect the infrastructure of our neighborhood.His rationale, I will be out of office when all the sewer back ups caused by this project occur. Overdevelopment and lack of oversight kills communities!!!

CJ said...

Anonymous said...
The change entailed a give-a-way to smart developers who armed with big bucks, moved rapidly and early before the party ended.


Yes. And it's called "Shlock and aw."

Anonymous said...

Mayor Bloomberg, the "C.E.O. of Wall Street"

All-knowing, all-powerful... The one with all the answers.