Sunday, May 1, 2011
City prefers concrete over grass
Even in a city where officials sometimes make curious decisions, the Department of Transportation’s campaign against Whitestone resident Gretchen Brent and her husband is an A-No. 1 head-scratcher and she has a question for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Why did you pick on me for the violation? I just don’t get it. I just don’t get it,” Brent said.
The Brents got a ticket for not having a sidewalk on one side of their corner lot — a place that has been a swath of grass since the house was built in 1918. None of the other houses on either side of that Seventh Avenue block have sidewalks, so the Brent’s sidewalk would go nowhere – and they’d have pay for it.
“I’d say $7,000 to $8,000 I would say,” Gretchen said. “Isn’t it crazy?”
None of the other Seventh Avenue residents got tickets and if they did there might be unwanted consequences.
If the DOT decided to make everyone in the neighborhood put in a sidewalk then many trees in the neighborhood would have to be cut down, something that makes little sense in a city where the mayor is trying to green every acre.