Yes, Virginia, there are people who don't want Carroll Gardens to be landmarked.
Saw this sad, selfish, short-sighted little sign all over Sal's Pizzeria on Court Street today. "Wake up. A rally at Mamam [sic] Maria's, 307 Court Street [which is owned by Sal's] over landmarking this neighborhood (already in progress). This will affect you in your pocket. Come to learn all about it.
This sort of unthinking, solipsistic myopia is, I believe, exactly the reason why beautiful, historic Carroll Gardens has has such a two-block-sliver of a Landmark District for so many years, while Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill have much larger districts—because some lunkheads don't want anyone telling them they can't uglify or mutate or tear down their classic, 150-year-old brownstone homes if it might fatten their wallet a little. It's all about the "pocket." If it's it gonna hit you in the pocket, it can't be good. There will always be a group out there willing to oppose any cause with unblinking fervor—universal health care, proper schooling, environmental preservation, architectural beauty, cultural heritage—is there's any chance that they might lose money on the deal. Their bank account outweighs any concern posterity might have. Screw Penn Station! Daddy needs a lucrative new parking lot!
You can tell how thoughtful and well-considered this meeting will be from the sign. Lone parentheses; commas where periods should be; calling what is really a meeting a "rally"; they couldn't even spell "Mama" right. That sign is just so depressing. I can imagine the inspired arguments that will be made tomorrow night. Stuff along the lines of "No bunch of bleeding heart Yuppies are going to tell me what I can or can't do with my building! This ain't Russian. No Obama Socialism!"
Wake up, indeed.