Thursday, June 21, 2012

Responsible Landmarks Coalition

Below is an excerpt from the Responsible Landmarks Coalition, the organization that wants to change the way our NYC buildings are designated and how the ones that are already Landmarked should be treated.

"New York City’s Landmark Law has enhanced New York City by preserving and protecting its most noteworthy historic buildings and neighborhoods over the last 47 years. However, there are many concerns about the manner in which the Law has been implemented, particularly in recent years as the number of properties under the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s jurisdiction has skyrocketed. Among the most important reforms that are needed are:

Provide An Open & Transparent System
The landmark designation process should be open and transparent, particularly to those property owners who will be most impacted by the decision.

Apply Consistently High Standards
A consistently high standard should be applied in determining whether an individual structure or district merits landmark protection.

Promote Growth & Success Of New York City
Landmark designations and oversight of landmark properties must be reconciled with other policy considerations that are critical to the growth and success of the City.

Administer The Laws In A Sensible Manner
The Landmarks Law should be administered so that the best examples of City’s architectural and historic heritage continue to adapt and meet the needs of the citizens of the 21st Century."