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Friday, October 18, 2013

18 Heathcote Road

Here are pictures of 18 Heathcote I was able to take the other day. Look carefully, all this got the approval to be demolished !

Halloween Decorations

Here are some Halloween scenes I could not resist:

Brayton Road, Berkeley Road homes

Here are some homes on Brayton and Berkeley Roads in the Greenacres section of Scarsdale.

All these homes could go, curtesy of the Committee of Historic Preservation and of course our Trustees under current legislation - except for the last one: One Berkeley Road which was mentioned in the Li / Saltzman Report.

One Berkeley Road

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exactly my sentiments....

I am now at the point where I am more than upset at the lack of sensitivity towards our heritage in this town and of course by extension in most of this country. So, even though I read about the activities of the so called " Committee of Historic Preservation ", I do not attend their meetings.

The administrator of the Scarsdale10583.com site shares my feelings. She recently wrote about one more home approved for demolition: You can  read about it here:  18 Heathcote Road

We complain about lack of depth, authenticity, character in this town, this country. Yet, how are we going to acquire these qualities we all cherish if we keep destroying our past ?

Yes, it is not the easiest task to live in an old home. Things break down, they cannot be easily fixed. You wait for the repairmen who often do not show up, etc., etc. But there is value in cherishing the past in stopping this use and abuse attitude. Our children learn the value of quality if they see us cherish it, uphold it.

Scarsdale is like the teen-ager gorging himself or herself on junk food. Parental guidance is necessary.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Petition to Save Scarsdale

Petition to Save Scarsdale and UNESCO Criteria

Dear Readers,

I will leave this  post here  so it can be accessed by anyone wishing to do so.

Sign my petition: Click here to sign the petition to preserve Scarsdale  to urge our 

Trustees to act to conserve Scarsdale, our architectural and environmental heritage.

Forward to all, resident and non-resident alike or else watch a potential World Heritage site get buried live: our architectural and environmental heritage get lost, bit by bit, day after day descend into the abyss of an inferno engulfing us all.

From the UNESCO World Heritage Site:

The Criteria for Selection

To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in theOperational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself.

Until the end of 2004, World Heritage sites were selected on the basis of six cultural and four natural criteria. With the adoption of the revised Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, only one set of ten criteria exists.
Cultural criteriaNatural criteria
Operational Guidelines 2002(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Operational Guidelines 2005(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(viii)(ix)(vii)(x)
Selection criteria:
  1. to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
  2. to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
  3. to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;
  4. to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;
  5. to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
  6. to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria);
  7. to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
  8. to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;
  9. to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
  10. to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
The protection, management, authenticity and integrity of properties are also important considerations.
Since 1992 significant interactions between people and the natural environment have been recognized as cultural landscapes.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More meetings, more abuse of this land !

Every month the BAR ( the Board of Architectural Review )  meets twice to oversee plans for new homes, additions, etc. The CHP ( Committee for Historic Preservation ) similarly meets, you would think to preserve, no - to approve demolition of seemingly unworthy homes. They approve almost all homes to be demolished.

The Board of Appeals meets once. We heard from Mr. Matt Callaghan the only member of the BOA who showed up for the meeting with the trustees on September 25th. They review the application based on some antique criteria by the NY State who is all for development like it is, 1701 !

Last night the Trustees met to re-zone 2-4 Weaver Street, to clean up the zoning there to make way for the proposed sale of Village land to a huge monster---- Again ! Trustee Jon Mark read his prepared statement- again ! We all know once they make their mind, nothing is going to change the tune of the marching band ! They were in a hurry to get going...

Government by the people, for the people everywhere, against the people -  in Scarsdale !

We just received the agendas for the BAR and the CHP coming up in the next few weeks. Same old, same old. More destruction, more abuse of this beautiful town. Yes, our government is non-partisan but it is also non-functional !  They'll talk their way and listen their way to our destruction and annihilation !

Our administration seems equally incompetent. They wanted to charge for after hours parking now that there is life after 6 p.m., in the Village Center. Luckily, the Chamber of Commerce alerted them and said that would not make much business sense. Then we learn, further mismanagement: the Village is owed $ 720,000 in past due parking tickets and finally they hired a towing company and will tow repeat offenders. That was a problem last year when I attended the finance talks, glad to see something is being done. By the way, at $ 4,000 per home, per year tax for Village tax, this is like tax from 180 homes they did not collect...

Last Wednesday night, our Village Manager lamented overall population is down, student enrollment is down, even water accounts are apparently down. Well, people are leaving town, they are sick and tired of this unresponsive, greed and build government... And what are they proposing ? You would think they would listen and be receptive to resident comments... No, build: congest, clutter and crowd. In spite of resident opposition. What if they listened, and changed our laws so our streets would be preserved and would not become piles of clapboard and asphalt ? There would be trees, green, life ?...

They keep hiring consultants to advance their view of build, build and build: The Saltzman Cultural Resource Report, and the Village Center Report. What kind of a cultural resource is it, if it only preserves 68 out of about 6,000 homes ? Verisimilitude. You would think this is what they are doing, but it is the exact opposite. This seems the modus operandi for this Village: The CHP not preserving, the trustees eroding our trust. The Manager not managing, the planner not planning. Only the resident is doing his duty, voicing his or her opinion and then to be shut down, to be silenced. The resident is the nay saying enemy, and not the benefactor he or she truly is...

Yes, it is a short term solution, but a long term disaster. And if you think carefully, not even a short term solution. It is a disaster in the making. What do they care for long term consequences ? They will be gone and drawing on their pensions...

The resident volunteers are working part-time for no compensation, the developers, architects, the village staff full-time and for their bread and butter. The professionals are winning, advancing their cause and the volunteers are just gaping, hands tied. Doing nothing. Same story, different boards. Different very bored boards.

Our laws were written with everything in mind but an incompetent and incapable administration. Laws are written to be re-written. The zoning, the building laws could be changed if these are no longer serving the public. Case in point the Supreme Court recent decision regarding gay marriage. You have to move with the times... Not in Scaresdale... The typo is intentional and borrowed from a recent Halloween poster in our Village Center.

We have to evolve, adapt and adopt. Darwinian evolution theory applies here.

Scarsdale is an organic organism. It needs to change, evolve, adapt and be in step with the times. Where is our Mayor and the Board on this ? When will they show us they have been listening and they can act ? When will they show us they are worthy of the power bestowed on them, on the trust we have given them ?

Maybe next Village Board meeting.