Terence Park has been a favorite of this Blog. We have admired his independence and his willingness to put his community first over Party Politics. I have been reading with great interest Terence latest endeavor: Fighting the Development of the Municipal Lot.
I am not sure I agree. I am like Terence I believe we need to fight to get as much as we can for the community, but I am not willing to oppose this project.
As a Flushing resident I believe we need parking who wouldn't agree with that? But am I willing to tell 2,000 families that their bread winner will not have a job, and they can't put food on the table because of a few parking spots? I say no. Terence should not be willing to tell Union Labor that they can't build a $800 million dollar project because of parking.
I for one looked at the plan at the CB meeting. Yes I was disappointed about the parking but I was excited about the open space and other public amenities. Imagine free concerts in downtown Flushing under the sky with trees water fountains... sounds lovely. Should we abandon this because we came a few parking spots below what John Liu wanted?
How about a YMCA for our at risk kids to go to programs? Should we stop the project because of a few spots?
How about Doctor's offices for our underserved kids and families?
How about a development that will be the crown Jewel of downtown Flushing..Should we give up our vision because we lost a few spots?
I hope Terence is opposing this project for the right reasons I would respect that. If he is opposing it for Press that would destroy how I feel about him.
Terence please respond: