Sunday, August 15, 2010

Community gardens endangered

From the Daily News:

Gardeners are upset the proposed rules leave the door open for development of the plots.

The rules were drafted to replace a 2002 agreement with then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer which preserved hundreds of gardens, settling a battle between gardeners and the Giuliani administration.

The agreement, which expires next month, promised "permanent protection to hundreds of community gardens...a fair process for reviewing future proposals to develop other garden properties," Bloomberg said in announcing the 2002 agreement.

The new rules allow any garden property to be sold if the City Council approves, though officials say they have no current plans to get rid of any of them.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said Bloomberg was not guaranteeing gardens would be preserved forever.

"Permanent protection to hundreds of community gardens, not permanent gardens," he said.

"The intention is to help community gardens continue to succeed," Benepe added. "It is unfortunate there is such strong misperception of this."


What? Can someone translate that, please?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Politician double talk

Anonymous said...

Everybody is endangered unless Reich's Chancellor Bloomberg is removed from office.

Oops...."Sieg heil mein fuhrer"!

I'd better behave myself or
Mike's stormtroopers will be tracing my posts.

Anonymous said...

A rather odd rarity....Bloomberg....is indeed a Nazi/Jew!

Babs said...

"Permanent protection to hundreds of community gardens, not permanent gardens," he said.


Translation: "F. U. city gardeners."

SGI said...

I'm not going to cry about their plight. The city used eminent to seize our home, plus six others, in order to put community gardens on the block. That was in 1972. The gardens weren't planted until the early eighties; and, to top it off, the gardens were replaced by elderly housing in the early 1990s.

Fonso said...

I dont understand why do Bloomberg wanting take my garden after we make a nice job everybody happy ?

Anonymous said...

These people in office must go, all of them that are in city government today. NYC MUST make a clean start of it and don't tell me we won't know what we will get. ANYONE is better than ANY of these losers around today.

They have DESTROYED this city and will continue to do so unless they are voted out of office for good. They have betrayed the middle class, they have betrayed the 1 and 2 and 3 family owner that have been the backbone of NYC for generations, they have betrayed the mom and pop stores, they have betrayed our green spaces by allowing all of this concrete to be put down, they have betrayed the architectural history of our neighborhoods for allowing out of scale and out of character, imposing structures to be built in our backyards thus depriving our neighborhoods of trees, oxygen and sunlight. They have even betrayed our children from letting them enjoy their childhoods on REAL GRASS and FORCING TOXIC ASTROTURF down our throats because they city thinks this is 'wise'.

All of these pretentious, pompous people MUST be voted out of office and TERM LIMITS MUST BECOME THE RULE OF LAW AGAIN IN THIS CITY - THE WAY THE MAJORITY OF NEW YORKERS HAVE VOTED TO DO SO TWICE.

WE MUST LEARN FROM THESE DISASTROUS POLICIES OF THESE PEOPLE AND TURN AROUND THIS CITY BEFORE IT SLIDES INTO A THIRD WORLD SLUM worse than the 70's ever were. All signs are indeed leading to this scenario and I know another mass exodus of 'white flight' is becoming a reality, this time not out of any racial issues, but of economic and most importantly, quality of life issues.

Anonymous said...

I definitely want continued protection for community gardens. Continued protection seems right in line with the supposed green and pro local produce initiatives I thought the city supported. BUT - where are the community gardens in QUEENS?? I'm looking at the Oasis.nyc map and I don't see ANY. TONS in Bushwick, but not everyone in Queens has a backyard. We have some beautiful parks - but access to a garden is completely different. We deserve gardens too! Does anyone know more about this? Am I missing one? Anyone interested in/already starting one?

Anonymous said...

I too was searching the OASIS webstite for community gardens in Queens! There are several neighborhoods that disporportionately suffer from diet-related illnesses and could greatly benefit from community gardens in the borough. Does anyone know what the process for starting a community garden is?