Thursday, December 3, 2009

So long, roll-down gates

The Times follows up on its story about the city's newly endangered roll-down gates.

[O]n orders of the City Council, roll-down gates have joined the ranks of fatty foods and cigarette smoke: they have been legislated against, some right into extinction.


The head-scratching dismay expressed by Pyung Lim Lee upon learning that City Hall had taken a regulatory interest in the rickety old solid gate outside C.H. Plaza Dry Cleaners, 400 Court Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11231, was typical.

"If the government pays, then O.K.," said Mr. Lee, the owner of the shop, who was not surprised to learn that the government would not, after all, be covering the cost of a new gate. "They make law, law, law, and people's life is more difficult."

Previously on EV Grieve:
City leaders take another step toward making NYC completely sanitized

[Photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times]


Larry Slade said...

Sounds like something else that is difficult for "Mom & Pop" but no problem for the chains.

Bowery Boogie said...

Graffiti, as it always does, will find a way to bypass. Perhaps an artist will discover a new form?

EV Grieve said...

I hope so, BB.

Anonymous said...

Ha will they outlaw walls too?
This would be somewhat acceptable if it only was a law for people installing NEW gates.