New York views of LG are not paramount to the destruction of land in Englewood Cliffs


Some New Yorkers are doing their best to make sure that we resident in a small pocket of northern New Jersey live behind the trees and not be able to enjoy our own great views of their wonderful State across the Hudson River.

None of today's great architects would design something like this.  It's a disaster for all.
None of today’s great architects would design something like this. It’s a disaster for all.

A few observations:

  • It’s their “view” not ours, and they are trying to take control of how we use our land
  • New Yorkers think it’s their right to control what happens with development in New Jersey
  • They are drawing lines that they want to see, and not what is necessarily good for New Jersey and Englewood Cliffs

Now that the LG project has been blown out of proportion we have to be aware of the consequences of an outsider’s agenda:

Here’s a photo of what LG has been granted the approval to build…and the reality is, no one has the power to void that approval under our laws:  Considerably more green space and less paved areas is something that every town, company and great architect strives for.

LG's project is filled with green spaces that are rarely seen in development
LG’s project is filled with green spaces that are rarely seen in development
Compare this to Unilever and CNBC.  A world of difference
Compare this to Unilever and CNBC. A world of difference

No town that I know of wants developers to “spread out their project and take up as much land as they can”.  Though this happens from time to time, and I’ve been involved in some monumental spread which I think is wrong, developers, planners and municipalities have learned that “pancaking” a project is a major offense to the environment…but that’s what these outsiders want Englewood Cliffs to live with. They don’t care how it affects you because they don’t live here.

There isn’t one well known architect in Manhattan who would agree that the best way to design a major project in today’s world is to rape the land of its natural resources.  It goes against everything we have learned from the past

It would be shameful to build something this outdated in today's world of conservation
It would be shameful to build something this outdated in today’s world of conservation

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Is this the legacy that New Jersey and Englewood Cliffs wants for their State and Towns?

Allowing other states and disinterested parties to invoke their will into our government  is something that can’t be allowed.  If it’s this easy, it won’t end with the LG project.

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3 thoughts on “New York views of LG are not paramount to the destruction of land in Englewood Cliffs”

  1. What if LG conformed to the original 35 foot zoning law, created the world’s largest roof top garden, included an agricultural piece for fruits and vegetables? How many could they feed? Oh I forgot you prefer the views.

    1. What if? We could ask what if’s all day, but the fact is LG had the right to seek these variances, and the court upheld those variances. Unfortunately it’s not their job to feed the world, though I hope they’re charitable enough to help those in need…as they do by employing so many people. Mike, if you look at their landscaping plan and what is on the Unilever and CNBC sites you’ll see a huge difference…Lg is landscaping their property like no one else has done in the area or in the region

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