RE: Re: Esperanza
You are a great American!
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> From: Grow19@aol.com [SMTP:Grow19@aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2000 4:21 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] Re: Esperanza
> to all -- a copy of my letter to Mr.Landman
> Dear Mr. Landman,
> I write to you regarding the destruction of community gardens in NY. In
> Washington DC I direct a community garden program, and have been a member
> the American Community Gardening Assn for 10 years. In seeing this sad
> situation unfold in NY for the last several years, I must tell you that
> issue is not open space vs housing, gardens vs development, gardens vs
> real-people-in need. This is absurd. The issue is creative and
> and thorough citywide planning, which if not right includes both open
> and development -- housing and other development -- and would certainly
> provide just as much financial gain for the developers involved (likely
> much more).
> NYC has an opportunity to examine the value of community open space and to
> include such in a comprehesive planning process. There is no need to
> land that is in productive use before using up the many many vacant lots
> continue to sit in NYC.
> What does open space provide people? How might is contribute to youth
> education? to lower crime rates, to improved public health, to improved
> urban environment? Where else might housing and other development be
> No way is it possible to say in NYC that if these particular lots are not
> taken, there will not be enough housing. It is simply not possible to say
> that until all of the existing vacant land is used up.
> The planning process in NY is clearly complicated by political issues,
> financial and power relationships between the mayor and community board
> members and developers. These people are not generally skilled at or
> terribly interested in the sociology of community.
> It is a mistake to think that central park or other large tracts provide
> the open space needs of everyone in ny. This is absurd. People need open
> space and green near home and they need varieties of open space -- to
> sit, read the paper, walk the dog, play tennis and basket ball, grow
> relax, etc etc.
> And a city needs balance. It needs housing and other commercial
> along with open space spread out equitably throughout the city.
> Make no mistake. The issue is not open space vs development. It is
> vs politics & short-term financial gain. To think otherwise is simplistic
> and short-sighted. To think otherwise to be complicite with the
> and developers.
> Your readers deserve better. Please make yourself open to the issues and
> learn more about this.
> Thank you,
> Judy Tiger
> Garden Resources of Washington
> 1419 V Street NW
> Washington, DC 20009
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