Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We here at C.O.R.D. have much to be happy about this year!

GL has given some impressive New Year's "grades":
Participatory Democracy Award, Genuine Version
#1)!! The Carroll Gardens Development Moratorium movement. It started with opposition to a single building and became a neighborhood-wide cause.
Community Groups of the Year
CORD. They are loud. They are insistent. They have made enemies. But good community groups are supposed to do all those things.
News 12 has listed us as a Top Story in Brooklyn this weekend with the headline:
"Wall turns into protest of Carroll Gardens development." Here is the link to the live feed.

(12/30/07) CARROLL GARDENS - Fliers, messages and paintings on a wall have become a visual protest of a planned Carroll Gardens condominium building. The Carroll Gardens Coalition to Respectfully Develop, along with residents, has turned a wall surrounding a lot at 360 Smith St. into an anti-overdevelopment campaign. Newspaper articles and other items are posted at the site of a future 70-foot building.....

Furthermore: F.I.B. is featuring a story on C.O.R.D., the Democracy Wall interview, and 360 Smith street 12/31/2007.


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........