So here's what I learned tonight.
If you show up at a meeting with enough people armed with misinformation, then you start yelling and tossing insults at speakers, and keep it up for an hour and half, you will eventually get your way.
Here's how I know that the majority of people siding with the hysterical Alicia Boyd have no idea what they're talking about. They listened to the more reasonable voices in the community making the case for rezoning, and if they heard the right catchphrases they applauded enthusiastically. By the time poor Pearl Miles, the district manager, finally had a chance to read the100% benign resolution that she had drafted last spring to City Planning, before which she had "been served" by Alicia with papers for a lawsuit for...for...doing her job I guess, and yours truly was called a KKK'er and a scumbag, despite not having been given the chance to speak my three minutes, and the police had made empty threats about escorting people out if they didn't let the speakers speak, and the clinically insane Geoffrey Davis overtaken by some unearthly spirit wouldn't sit down and incited the crowd to near riot...this folks, below, is the document that nearly shut down CB9 tonight and ultimately led them to turn their back on the only fair shake this neighborhood has of a decent plan to save it from outsized development and create affordable housing...
In the end, a gutless CB9 actually entertained, and passed, a motion to rescind the above. Good luck ever getting ANY rezoning now. The elected leaders and folks from Planning were stunned. Read the above. Read it closely. Because I guarantee that most MTOPP members have no idea what it means.
Folks, never in my life have I seen so many people tantrum so hard against their own self interest. (Maybe low-income working folks voting Republican). The only people who won tonight are the homeowners of Sterling Street, who will now rest easier knowing that they fought hard to be sure no one, poor or otherwise, will ever live on Empire Boulevard.
Postcript: Actually it's worse than that. They basically assured that we will be ignored, once again, and that landowners and developers will do whatever they want, because they've got the dollars, the lawyers, and the politicians they need to get the job done.
Forgive them Lord. For they know not what they do. Oh, and they're blindly following a lunatic.
Much props to Suki, Cheryl, Brenda and Celeste for their noble performances. The joke? People actually AGREED with you. Then pressed ahead with their nonsense.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.