Category: Brooklyn

Conformity’s grandfather

23 November, 2012 (09:30) | Brooklyn, brownstones, commission, historic districts, New York City, taste police | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   Difference? What difference?   No one would ever convict human beings of consistency; we change our minds all the time, usually because the passage of time has allowed us to realize our initial perspective was nonsense, or sometimes solely because we shifted our values or our perceptions, especially when we objected […]

Discarding the ornaments

20 June, 2012 (10:14) | Affordable Housing, Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, Development, Forest City Ratner, gentrification, land markets, New York City, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   When it comes to Atlantic Yards’ excruciating development process, the affordable housing has always been a political ornament – a sparkling bauble prominently featured in the submission, proffered as a reason why the applicant should be given concessions today in anticipation of repaying that with goodies tomorrow.    If you’re […]