Sunday, October 2, 2011
Overdevelopment without upgrades
From the Queens Tribune:
...Flushing’s prosperity is not without its consequences. DiNapoli’s study, which was put together over the course of three months using Census data and statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, confirms the neighborhood’s growth has placed a burden on its infrastructure, including transportation, schools and housing, much of which, especially on the transportation end, needs updating.
“[The LIRR station] is a third world train station,” said Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing), who said visitors from China, which has a state-of-the-art train system, are often surprised by how dilapidated and antiquated the station is. The 7 train station at Main Street-Flushing is the busiest in the city outside of Manhattan, and often lines waiting for buses on Main Street can stretch for a block.
Schools in the neighborhood have suffered from overcrowding because of the rise in families coming to Flushing both from outside America and other parts of the country, DiNapoli said. Affordable housing is also an ongoing problem.
While celebrating his neighborhood’s success, Koo added that more could be done, including getting rid of what he called “nuisance fines” on small businesses and unnecessary regulations. He also endorsed the city’s ongoing attempts to transform neighboring Willets Point.
Since Flushing is an overcrowded cesspool, let's build another one next to it. Great idea.