Archive for December 30th, 2005

30th December

First Published in The New York Sun, December 30, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

When the old Penn Station was torn down to make way for the new Madison Square Garden forty years ago, New Yorkers were justifiably outraged. A fine, historic public space was lost. Determined that buildings and even neighborhoods of historic architectural significance should not be casually destroyed, the city fathers set up legal protections to preserve our heritage. At the center of this is the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Like many initially good ideas administered by government, our preservation strategy has grown into a powerful bureaucracy,administered by individuals who often seem to want to protect every thing and any thing — and often for the wrong reasons. (more…)