All over the neighborhood you'll see the flyers. Within lies a case study in how to deceive and manipulate. Let us count the ways.
1. Call yourself a "movement," when in fact you're a handful of people that has tried to grow from a handful of people for months without traction.
2. Use the word "they" as if you have a specific "they" in mind, even though the target is as varied as the neighborhood itself.
3. Use a picture that is completely fabricated to scare the hell out of you, of 16+ story buildings that have never been suggested by anyone including the Department of City Planning in its own tallest-case scenarios, that wouldn't look like this anyway because there's not enough land to go that high and wide at the same time, even with overly generous zoning.
4. Make it sound like this issue alone is the reason that developers will make money and push you out, when dozens of projects are already happening and landlords have been trying to get people out for a few years now...and are generally succeeding.
5. Suggest that "stop the vote" is a legitimate way of engaging the issues. In fact, a better way to get what you want would be to calmly and rationally state your position, or work on individual elected officials and community board members to come around to your viewpoint. As it is no one can hear you because you're screaming and spitting in their face.
6. Don't mention that the only reason any of this is up for discussion is because people DON'T want skyscrapers, and are looking to have a DISCUSSION about how to limit outsized development, improve infrastructure and keep the neighborhood affordable. Basically, the same goals, unless of course your goals are actually something different.
7. Don't mention that the only way to ensure the neighborhood is somewhat economically diverse in the future is to focus on building some affordable housing and/or addressing the massive influx of new buildings to the neighborhood, particularly in R6 and R7 designated areas or - as I've said a million times - focus on keeping people in their current homes by being a positive force and team player. Most recently, MTOPP has been denouncing the work of the Crown Heights Tenants Union, one of the few examples of REAL activism that is achieving results.
Look for another shitshow on Tuesday. Where will the Q be? Right in the middle of course. He's been appointed for another two years on the Community Board, and he loves being cursed at.
UPDATE: Another email goes out, with this gem, separating us all out by race/religion, just as God intended:
Just take a look at the CB9's rezoning plan for the
R2 are very restrictive and protect 1 and 2
There are three areas,
1. Prospect Lefferts Garden (largest percentage of
2. Jewish community
3. Crown Heights (Predominately Blacks) Crown St
between Bedford and Rogers!
City Planning and Community Board 9
recommendations for these zones.
1. Prospect Lefferts Garden
- no changes leave
in tact (protect)
2. Jewish Community - Create a
Special District that will have specific
controls of development only half a story increase!
3. Crown Heights - Up zone
adding 2 more stories!
In the Whites they are protected,
in Jewish Area, they will be protected by a special
but in the Black community they will be