Friday, August 12, 2016

Comments From Our Readers re: Brad Lander's "Bridging Gowanus:" Semantics or Some Antics?"

CG CORD has received a number comments on our recent blog post, Brad Lander's "Bridging Gowanus:" Semantics or Some Antics?  LINK

Please read what your neighbor, Margaret Maugenest, has to say:

"The Bridging Gowanus survey has been carefully engineered. Surveys can be skillfully designed to manipulate the desired results. The respondent is forced, one way or another, to give the answers and results desired by the survey maker. This is done by cunningly restricting the questions and choices (and plus and minus rules on top to boot???)"
"And by participating, you are not really given the opportunity to “weigh in” at all - but rather you give the survey makers the opportunity to say you had a chance to participate (according to their rules of content and response etc). In other words, your participation is part of their strategy to give you what they want and say you asked for it."

"I, for one, have no intention of participating in the survey and becoming part of their tool. I don’t care how many people endorsed Bridging Gowanus in the newsletter sent out by Lander’s office – that being another part of the manipulation."

"The only transparency is that Brad Landers wants to deliver the goods to the developers for their Gowanus land grab. Everything else is lip service and theater. We’ve been through these “ envisionings" before. No matter how people responded, the results reported were always the same and played right into the hands of what the developers wanted."   Margaret Maugenest

We encourage you to to send your comments to
We will only reprint if YOU specifically request us to do so.  We will never print your comment without your permission. Don't be shy...this is YOUR neighborhood!



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........