Archive for December, 2010

It’s as old as dirt, but what better way to nurture hope than through change, or the promise of change.  Obama did it, see sweeping election.  What comes after is open for analysis.  The first and second quarter reports are in for the recent changes in the DoZ, and this Intern can’t find anything to complain about, although he’d like to.

Take this: interior renovation of a commercial storefront in a historic skyscraper down by M. Park.  Only days before the scheduled appointment, the architect is able to push it back (2) days; no muss, no fuss.  The morning before the meet, the intern takes the plans to Landmarks to unfreeze the hold that would show up on Zoning’s radar for sure.  He gets a stamp.  Then on to the corner bakery for a light lunch, and next, to the 12:30 meet, (10) minutes early.  Muscle memory puts him right to sleep, but alas, he awakens to the calling of his address within half an hour.  The Landmark stamp impresses the plan reviewer, who issues a Zoning stamp not long after.

It was the least painful experience this side of child birth, says the Intern.  But was it a birth, or just the passing of gas? Is this effective government or is it just that no one is building?  If I ever experience it again, I’ll let you know. We’re waiting to hear.


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