There is plenty of blame to go around from City Planing down to the the voiceless, pennyless powerless, scapegoat Architects and Engineers; and the extinction of affordable housing for old and new Americians.
As I see it the real problem is the people who buy these homes. A roof and preferably four walls as cheap as possible is what's driving the market outside of Manhattan. If these buyers cared as much about the houses they own and live in as what to wear and what to do about parking their sixty three thousand dollar "Hummer" on the front concrete lawn there would be no need for this blog site.
Alas, America is renowned for bad taste, so sit on it and be proud. We should all thank God each and every day that the New York City building code prohibits trailer homes and most frame construction inside the 1950's designated nuclear fire storm district. Thank Heaven for the 'commie bastards.'
Perhaps a sister Queens blog site that promotes good housing projects and rewards buyers for having good taste when they pay a little more for something nice. A prize for the best garden in front yard in each Community Board. Or how about an annual propert tax credit based on the number of street trees you have and their realitive health and diameter. There are a million ways to pull together and make Queens better than ever; but craping on the crap just makes the pile bigger.
I shovel, do you?