Sunday, August 24, 2008

1912 reads a lot like 2008

Get into a conversation with a long-time Queens resident and you're likely to discover a subscriber of the Long Island Star-Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. A banner across the Star-Journal masthead reminded readers that the newspaper's name came from the merger of the Long Island Daily Star (1876) and the North Shore Daily Journal--The Flushing Journal (1841).

Welcome to August 1912!

Development, eminent domain, making a greener city, and reckless bicyclists led the headlines.

Wow, give it a read - that's some weird, wild stuff! Proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same...


Anonymous said...

Notice that the proposed use of eminent domain was to construct en elevated line - public use - that remains today and is used by the public - owned by the taxpayers, too.

Back then I too, would have sided with the property owners that there was no need for the elevated when the underground would have been better and far less expensive and less destructive of homes.

Naturally, I would have lost, but the purpose would have been legal. Private property surrendered for a PUBLIC use.

No Willets Point.

Anonymous said...

You mean that Queens was poorly governed even a century ago?

No wonder Teri the Terrior is tripping them up! Even mentioning things like this is bad manners.