Here’s something interesting just in from the blog, [tag-ice]Curbed[/tag-ice].
Curbed is reporting on a recent, somewhat nasty fight that’s sizzling in an Upper West Side neighborhood. This one is being led by none other than the progressive PBS television producer, Bill Moyers.
He got a standing ovation at a recent community meeting when he made the very poignant statement “you can never get it back”. That was in reference to a space on 76th, where the [tag-tec]New York Historical Society[/tag-tec] wants to build a new high-rise.
NIMBY where there aren’t yards
But hey, here’s the latest info about Not In My Back Yard, as was so elegantly stated by Curbed. Bill and friends seemed to be for the project when it was for a new museum renovation, to the tune of $15 million. That was okay.
You can’t have enough exciting exhibits for the education of the masses, right? Besides it is reported some of the neighbors use the museum’s library for researching their own special projects.
But when they found out how the museum was going to pay for it all they got upset. Like is was going to be free or something. Or maybe the government was going to kick in and just give them the money.
We can all learn from this
I guess there’s a lesson here for all of us in fly over country. You really should be a little more up front with your developments. Don’t let the [tag-cat]neighbors[/tag-cat] be the last ones on the block to find out what’s really going on.
They don’t like being left out like that. It’s a bad old way of doing business and it doesn’t work as well as it used to, especially with people who bring us T.V. series like The Power of Myth.
Advice for Bill
But Bill, on the other hand, you’re living in [tag-cat]New York City[/tag-cat], for crying out loud. Ingenuously squishing persons into small spaces is what New York does. Come on, you moved there for the comradery, right?
I can’t see you opening up a catfish farm in Bucksnort, TN. (And yeah, there is such a place).
And what’s the other alternative? Allow the museum building to deteriorate into disarray? Then you’d really have something to complain about.
This fight is just getting started. Thanks to Curbed for keeping us informed.