Petition to Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Councilman Jim Waring, Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilman Bill Gates, Mayor Greg Stanton, Deputy City Manager Paul Blue, City Manager Ed Zuercher, Phoenix Community Economic Director Christine Mackay
City of Phoenix - New Ordinance for Demolition Permits Needed Now
We've lost many iconic buildings in downtown Phoenix, the latest being perhaps the biggest slap in the face to the community yet -- the 1947 Stewart Motor Company building, also known as the Circles building for its' most recent use. Though the community and city were in discussions with the Empire Group over the fate of the building and its possible preservation, this developer chose to end these discussions by razing a large part of the building last week. This developer may wish to still seek a GPLET (General Property Lease Excise Tax) incentive, but we the community are adamantly opposed to rewarding such unscrupulous behavior. Not now, or ever. It is time for solutions, and we believe the following solution is the best course of action for Phoenix to take immediately. We are seeking an ordinance (or amendment to an ordinance) surrounding the demolition permit process. This will add a layer of transparency to this process, will prevent similar outcomes from happening in the future, and will hopefully help this City understand the important role that buildings can play in our neighborhoods and sense of place. We ask the City of Phoenix to adopt a similar ordinance to that of Los Angeles which was passed in December, 2014: "Notification of Demolition. The Department shall not issue a building permit for demolition of a building or structure for which the original building permit was issued more than 45 years prior to the date of submittal of the application for demolition preinspection, or where information submitted with the application indicates that the building or structure is more than 45 years old based on the date the application is submitted, without having first done the following at least 30 days prior to issuance of the demolition of building or structure permit:" You may read the full text of the ordinance HERE. This ordinance was enacted because of similar tear down shenanigans in Los Angeles. We believe this solution is fair for everyone, should be accomplished swiftly and will be publicly supported by good community developers, as well as the general public. Please help us protect what remaining history we have left in this city, do not reward terrible behavior with any incentives, and add this layer of transparency to support the character of Phoenix.
Petition to San Francisco Planning Department
Refuse Lennar Urban Developers a Permit to Demolish Candlestick Stadium Through Implosion.
Imploding Candlestick Park will further exaserbate the environmental health problems of this community. Extensive medical research backs up the connection between particulate matter exposure and many of the diseases Bayview Hunters Point residents already suffer from at the highest rates in this city - asthma and ischemic heart disease. Medical literature says particulate matter is also associated with risks of premature deaths, especially in the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiopulmonary disease. In children particulate matter exposre means reduced lung function, a condition that may plague them for the rest of their lives. Also, concerns exist about brief exposure to implosion dust clouds as far as 6 to 12 miles from the implosion site, potentially affecting over two million lives. To prevent further endangering this community with the dust from an implosion, we are demanding that Lenar is held to the mechanical dismantling that they put forward in their initial EIR application in 2010 that was approved by all city agencies and the community. This is a disenfranchised Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco. Similar work has been done all over the city during the last twelve months in more affluent neighborhoods and numerus buildings have been deconstructed using mechanical dismantling. It is only in this Southeast corner of the city that politicians and developers feel they can act with impunity towards the health and safety of the community. Our community has been left out of the conversation, permits have been applied for without the knowledge of promninent community organizations. This is why we're asking for your help. We need to get our voices heard. We need the city to know that our lives matter.
Petition to Albanian Government
Say "NO" to the demolition of the Syrian chemical weapons in Albania!
Albania is a country in "under construction" but it doesn't mean that in the name of this construction we have to give up something that is given & can only be taken by God - Our lives! We have not designed, We have not produced,We have not helped, We have no experience,We do not have the capacity, We do not have the necessary elements, We do not want this gift at all. SAY NO TO THE DEMOLITION OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN ALBANIA.Albania & the Albanian Government belongs to ALBANIANS!
Petition to Roswell Historic Preservation Commission
Approve the Demolition of 11 Maple St and 647 Atlanta St
This Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. The Roswell Historic Preservation Commission will convene to review a request for the demolition of 2 structures located on South Atlanta Street, just north of the Square (adjacent to and to the left of Spiced Right BBQ). These structures contain historic material likely from the mid-late 19th century. Adam Orkin will be the developer with the mission, a man brave and resolute in helping us in the reconstruction agenda. The issue is not that the structures are historic…they are in fact. They contain 19th century materials and traces of the past. They are, however, very much compromised, obscured, to use preservationist jargon. The larger issue is that they are in the direct path of progress. The progress I am referring to is not as it has been in our recent past, where great buildings, streets, or the environment are sacrificed for the sake of a degraded landscape, which currently surrounds and in fact forms the spine of our City. The progress I am referring to is the implementation of the Andres Duany (DPZ) scheme for providing Roswell with a real heart, a commercial and civic realm with no equal in North Georgia. Andres is commonly known as the world's greatest living town planner. I for one, will promote his brilliant vision above other agendas. This new town center will provide our neighborhoods vital neighborhood services, increased pedestrianism, and will begin to transform Roswell from blight to brilliance. It is the next historic district. Most of you know that I am a former Historic Preservation member myself, having partnered with many of you in restoring the Old Bricks, amongst other projects. I do not take this position lightly. But there is the big picture to consider…one which will usher in new vitality to a musty historic district. This is the course of great places. To remain the same is decidedly non-historic in world history. Staff will likely recommend denial, unless their mission now includes the new vision. All major projects in the Mill Village that we now accept as a part of our neighborhood fabric, (both phases of the Old Bricks) were not recommended by staff. They are charged with "preservation" agenda above the creation of place. This is standard issue, one which is sanctioned by the Department of the Interior (whose presence is not evident here). We must help them change. Please be present if you have something to say. Lew Oliver