It is good because, well, all the houses look nice. But who is the say what nice looks like? The who is the Landmarks Preservation Commission However their definition of nice is pretty rigid. It is what "was", their mission is to"Encourage civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past."
|any Park Slope street|
It looks nice, but maybe that is not what the owners and residents of those homes want.
About 15 years ago my fellow owners of the coop I live in wanted a change. We wanted to install a canopy. Nothing crazy, a canopy just like the ones on our neighbors buildings.
Below is a collage of the canopies in the doorways of the buildings within one block.
So we filled out a giant form and sent it of to the Landmarks Commission. A few months later we got a letter back. "No you can't have a canopy, you never had one, you can't have one. NO."
"Whatta mean we never had one" belched one of the old ditties that has live in our building since the Truman Administration. "We had a canopy, it looked just like our neighbor's canopies, but it got stolen just like the furniture in our lobby back in the '70s" So she storms up to her apartment and produces a photograph of her Studebaker parked on front of our house in 1960. It clearly showed that we had a canopy. It is black and white but it is there.
So we send the photo off to Landmarks. 2 days later we get a registered letter. Stamped on the top is says VIOLATION. Suddenly we are required to install a canopy. Not just any canopy, one just like our neighbors just like the one we proposed six months earlier. Can you tell which one in the collage above is mine.
|I took this picture.|
This brownstone looks like Santa's workshop. The stars are actually carpeted. The owners must love it and their neighbors have to look at it.
Are there brownstones behind this aluminum / plastic siding??
I am not saying that one place is better than another. There is such a sameness to the blocks in Park Slope that you don't even know what street you are on. Also, it just costs more to maintain a home in a Historic District. So the people who live here MUST have more money. We also have to have blue sidewalks