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August 11, 2008

Walk with NYC planner Amanda Burden as she rezones the lower East Side

NY Daily News
By Jason Sheftell

AmandaBurden-NYDN.jpg This tour of the Lower Eastside with City Planning Commish Amanda Burden was brought to you by the letters C, R, I, N, G, & E.

"This wasn't here two weeks ago," Burden says, sneering at a vacant lot. "There was a building. Once you lose a building, you lose character and history. The Bloomberg administration is about growth and preservation. This is why we have to act fast to change the zoning, so developers aren't allowed to come in here and build whatever they chose. I don't mind a building that is in context with the others, meaning the same height with architectural guidelines, but small streets shouldn't have large development."

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NoLandGrab: Based upon Burden's running commentary about her vision for the Lower Eastside, you have to believe that she understands that NYC Planning's support to Bruce Ratner's out-of-context, historic-building-demolishing, neighborhood-clearing, state-sponsored, arena and high-rise Atlantic Yards megaproject is akin to delivering John the Baptist's head on a platter.

Posted by lumi at August 11, 2008 4:32 AM