From Urban Review, Fall 2005:
Having worked in Bayside for nearly five years [as executive assistant to Congress Member Gary Ackerman] and having grown up near the area, I see both the pros and cons of this new designation. While it's true that Bayside maintains the Small Town, USA atmosphere that is rare in a constantly growing borough like Queens, it is also an area that is demographically homogeneous. The area is majority white and middle to upper middle class. The area also remains quite expensive, with house prices ranging from $450,000 to $750,000 and over.
However, while theoretically the rezoning is meant to protect the character and integrity of the neighborhood as a whole, I believe that it is also meant to prevent the neighborhood from fully representing the diversity of the rest of the borough. The majority of McMansions are being built to house ethnicities besides those who currently reside in the area.
Ultimately, I believe that zoning designation as restrictive as the R2A is meant to prevent people from being able to choose what they want their house to look like. It can only end up creating neighborhoods no different than those created by William Levitt a half century ago.
- Claudia Filomena, then a Hunter College Master's degree student.
Now she's a Community Affairs Unit Borough Director for Queens. (There are 2. And I have no idea who Morgan Jones is.)
Claudia is clueless about zoning and overdevelopment. It's obvious why she was hired for her current job as apologist for the Bloomberg administration.
Has anyone actually ever seen this person or received assistance from her? How about just an e-mail reply? I've heard nothing but complaints.
Why do we have a CAU anyway since they never actually assist anyone?