[Aaron Goodman, a tenant, architect and vice president of the Parkmerced Residents’ Organization] has submitted Parkmerced to the city’s landmarks designation program. If ultimately approved by the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board and other city bodies, any construction or alterations would require review, and substantial demolition is unlikely to be allowed.
Of course the designation of landmarks is both subjective and sometimes suspect.
“It’s such a transparently cynical move for the NIMBYs to all of a sudden decide this is a treasured landmark,” [Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of SPUR] said. “Nobody in their right mind would believe that’s the real reason they’re doing this.”
And in this case, it certainly feels like it’s a way of life rather than an actual landmark that that the preservationists are trying to preserve.
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