People came with signs held high, chanting, "No Way, No Depot" to protest the construction of a new Federal Express depot on the Astoria waterfront on Saturday, September 20.
The Coalition for a Better Astoria held the protest in front of a local Fed Ex/Kinko's for anyone who wanted his or her voice to be heard. Many residents of Astoria were unhappy when they heard the news of the prospective Fed Ex depot. The area suffers from too much pollution as it is, they claim, without more being added to it.
Families came out with their children, holding signs saying "Give Our Kids A Place to Play." They would rather see the site turned into a large park for their children and themselves to enjoy.
City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. was there supporting this cause. He is concerned and doesn't want Fed Ex to build this new facility. "This is a very important issue in this community," Vallone said. "Whenever anyone asks me what problems we have, I can't think of any, except this, except pollution and congestion."
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Both of which are exacerbated by overdevelopment, which Pete is not opposed to.