LPC Chairman Tierney Responds to New York Times Editorial Board

From the NY Times:

October 26, 2008
Landmarks Commission

To the Editor:

Re “The Missing Landmarks Commission” (editorial, Oct. 18):

Far from “missing,” the record shows that during the Bloomberg years the Landmarks Preservation Commission has experienced its most productive period in recent history. In fiscal year 2007 alone, 1,158 buildings were designated — more than in any other single year since 1990.

And the total number of buildings designated during this administration — 2,317 to date and counting — eclipses the number designated under any mayor since Edward I. Koch.

If the present pace continues, we will have designated more historic districts than any other administration since the commission was founded in 1965. A larger number of those districts will be outside Manhattan than ever before, too.

Adding to this effort, the commission recently conducted its largest survey in nearly two decades — completing an evaluation of more than 22,000 buildings in all five boroughs to identify the next generation of landmarks. This unparalleled activity has been made possible through close collaboration with the public and the preservation community.

Robert B. Tierney
Chairman, New York City
Landmarks Preservation
New York, Oct. 20, 2008

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