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Willets Point Farewell?

Monday, November 25, 2013

((Siddhartha Mitter/WNYC))

Willets Point business owners who agree to make way for redevelopment by November 30 will get the maximum payout. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times staff reporter covering Queens, reports on what's next for the area and for the small auto repair shop owners and workers who have made their livelihoods there.

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Comments [11]

Gaberiel from Fresh Meadows

Why does it feel like the people of Queens have no say in this matter? This place serves a purpose for us here livin in Queens, especially those of us less well off and the huge mix of immigrants who call Queens home. Sure, make the place nicer, fix the roads, do all the things that government is supposed to be doing in the first place, but don't put pressure on the auto and junk shops to move away. Or at least priortize affordable housing then. Why in the hell do we need another damn mall around here?

You know, with this and the whole thing with the new stadium for the new NY soccer team (which I am very conflicted about), sometimes it feels like Manhattan is the one deciding what's best for Queens. Who is lobbying for us in City Hall? Sure doesn't feel like our councilmen are.

Nov. 25 2013 11:22 AM
RJ from prospect hts

What about, for once, having the city do a plan that respects the *community* that exists (despite the fact that we live in a city known for ripping down poor communities or areas that are developing--see Lincoln Center and Atlantic Yards):
A Plan:
1) declare a superfund site and get rid of toxics
2) build roads, sewers, water systems
3) provide small-business loans to existing businesses to help them increase skills, access, advertising
4) build low-level, neighborhood-amenable housing for poor and low-income people
5) encourage other infrastructure: the "green" carts, small-business encouragement for existing or new local needs--diners, small parks, grocery stores, clothing stores (not mall chains)
6) build resident-focused infrastructure: schools, day care centers
7) design transportation access
8) design all with energy efficiency, "green" construction in mind

Once this level of respect and development is achieved, property values will go up, the emotional community will remain intact, and, for a change, development will not be considered a dirty word among poor and low-income communities.`

Nov. 25 2013 11:15 AM
John A

Caller: "a third world country comprised of car parts"
The jugaad community of New Dehli India for example.

Nov. 25 2013 11:08 AM
mike

Another Bloomberg kand grab.

It will go to rich corporations.

Nov. 25 2013 11:08 AM
Ian from Brooklyn

Why not build affordable homes instead of housing (re: buildings) like they do in Brooklyn with the Nehemiah project in East New York/Brownsvile?

Nov. 25 2013 11:07 AM
Carlos from Queens

The problem goes beyond the dismantling of Willets Point. There is a larger private interest here creeping beyond Willets Point into Flushing Meadows Park and doing a land grab that would cut almost a 1/3 of the park and hand it to private sports corporations.

Nov. 25 2013 11:01 AM

Please just make it a grid. Throw in some streeCars, and get Richard Florida as a consultant for development..,

Nov. 25 2013 11:00 AM
Ericka

want to see this before they get their hands on it for the luxury condos, chain stores, and glass box people. another phony neighborhood.

Nov. 25 2013 10:59 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Brian what do you mean "move somewhere else"? Where???

Nov. 25 2013 10:59 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Willets Point is the polar opposite of the gentrification and upscale development that has bee ongoing for decades, accelerating during the Bloomberg years.

Clean it a bit, but don't get rid of it. Let's leave at least a LITTLE grit in our town. At least it's authentic and not more Disneyland that the city has become.

Nov. 25 2013 10:58 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Willets Point is the polar opposite of the gentrification and upscale development that has bee ongoing for decades, accelerating during the Bloomberg years.

Clean it a bit, but don't get rid of it. Let's leave at least a LITTLE grit in our town. At least it's authentic and not more Disneyland that the city has become.

Nov. 25 2013 10:57 AM

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