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Re: Bulldozers Uproot Community Gardens -- N.Y. Times

Posted by Anna on June 29, 1999 at 13:01:00:

In Reply to: Bulldozers Uproot Community Gardens -- N.Y. Times posted by Mark Smith on June 29, 1999 at 10:38:57:

: Another story about New York City's sudden bulldozing of community gardens, this one from The New York Times, Tuesday, June 29th:


: You can also click on the link below, but you have to be registered with The New York Times to read the paper online. Registration is free. If anyone (HINT: Anna) would like to copy and paste the Times article, please feel free to do so.


This is mostly a human interest piece, with very little factual data. The NY Daily News article is actually clearer (!).
Here are excerpts:

A community garden at 219 West 122d Street tended
by Worley and others was razed Monday afternoon.
Called the Harmony Garden, it and other nearby
gardens are to become the site of low- and
middle-income housing to be built by the New York City
Housing Partnership.

Harmony and three other nearby gardens were cleared
from their sites Monday, and two others are expected
to be razed Tuesday. They and four others bulldozed
over the winter are to be combined with other vacant
lots to create housing sites for 112 families at a cost of
$18.8 million.

The partnership has the approvals and funds to build
41 two- or three-family houses, for a total of 112 units.
Buyers are expected to rent out the additional units to
help pay mortgages, said Carol Adams, a
spokeswoman for the city's Housing Preservation and
Development Department, which oversees community

The two-family houses will sell for an estimated
$300,000 and are intended for buyers making less than
$48,000 a year, she said. Subsidies from the state and
the city are available for the down payment and
mortgage payments.

The three-family houses will sell for an estimated
$320,000 and are intended for buyers making under
$35,000. The required income for three-family units is
lower since they will generate more rent money, Adams

The city has long negotiated single deals to sell
gardens to developers of low- and middle-income
housing. The deal for the sites being cleared Monday
is three years old. But the gardeners at Harmony have
fought back with a lawsuit, which is under appeal.

On Friday, they were told that the garden's destruction
was imminent.

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