I just wonder how Mr. Albany Conservative would feel if the private property owner next to him wanted to open a slaughterhouse, or a pig farm, or an auto body shop...
Letter to the editor
Thursday, March 4, 2010
My congratulations go to the Fort Orange Club in its fight to tear down two buildings for parking spaces. This issue has been going on for far too long and the city has been bullying the club for years.
Nobody has the right to tell the club what it should do with its private property.
If the Historic Albany Foundation wanted the buildings, it should have bought them.
This is a constitutional issue of property rights. Why should the club be forced to keep buildings it has no use for?
I am a firm believer in individual rights.
Albany's recent moratorium and new demolition rules are just the city's way of legitimizing its idea of what Albany should be.
There are plenty of preserved buildings in Albany. How many more do we need, and why should property owners be forced to pay for these buildings if they do not want to?