Crain’s NY writes about the debate over the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District this week. Add in recent comments here about what type of building should end up in the empty lot at 27 Cranberry Street and one could totally jump to the conclusion that the preservationist movement is on the ropes. Okay, that’s total hyperbole but there’s clearly been a change in perspective when it comes to development in historic districts:
Crain’s NY: “I think it oppresses good design, and I don’t think it allows a great diversity of design choices,” says Tricia Martin at WE Design in Brooklyn. “Much good development that could happen—like green or more affordable development—doesn’t fit what the review board would consider historic.”
After a fierce battle between preservationists and Robert Moses, Brooklyn Heights became a landmark district in 1965.
What are your thoughts about the state today of the preservationist movement?
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