Where I’ll be going next week

I am off to the first ever Heterodox Academy meeting in New York which almost overlaps with the meeting of the American History of Economics Society meeting which is also in New York. When I’m in New York I always go here, which I like even more now that I understand the entrepreneurial vision of its owner. She must be the last of her kind among the Democrats.

Chaser: New York City Landmarks Historic Bookstore The Strand Over Owner’s Objections.

New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) just wouldn’t take no for an answer. The group has conferred landmark status on the 119-year-old building at 826 Broadway, which has housed The Strand Bookstore since 1956. The owners of The Strandbought the building in the late 1990s and the third-generation owner of the store, Nancy Bass Wyden, opposed the action, telling Reason earlier this year:

The Strand is not going anywhere. There’s no need to protect it. Our family’s been a great steward of the building. Landmarking would add another component of government. You add bureaucracy, you add committees, you add people having opinions about what we should do inside the store as well as outside the store. And that does not allow me the flexibility to change with the retail book environment and to serve our customers.

Bass Wyden (who is married to Sen. Ron Wyden, the Democrat from Oregon) presented 11,000 signatures to the LPC in hopes of dissuading landmark status. Such popular support for what is generally considered New York’s best bookstore cut no mustard.

Being on the left is merely a vanity project. How what they do affects everyone else hardly matters at all, to them.

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10 Responses to Where I’ll be going next week

  1. Karabar

    Say hello to AOC for me. NOT!!!

  2. Val Majkus

    love book shops! If I was in New York, I’d be going every day. There used to be a great second hand book shop in Sydney called Swains, spent many a wet weekend in there

  3. Nob

    Blatant appropriation of someone else’s carefully nurtured public reputation by Di Blasio’s mob.

    Bill: “you didn’t build that” , so back off , leech.

  4. Rafe Champion

    Check out Brooklyn, a truly fascinating suburb, once a city in its own right.

  5. Percy Popinjay

    Check out Brooklyn, a truly fascinating suburb, once a city in its own right.

    Rafe, give it its due as one of the five boroughs.

  6. Mark M

    Be careful over there, you are on the frontline of the doomsday global warming wars – economists predicting heatwaves everywhere … lurking …

    “Joseph E. Stiglitz is a Nobel laureate in economics, University Professor at Columbia University, and chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. His latest book is Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump.”

    The climate crisis is our third world war. It needs a bold response

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/04/climate-change-world-war-iii-green-new-deal

  7. Zatara

    The Strand is not going anywhere. There’s no need to protect it. Our family’s been a great steward of the building. Landmarking would add another component of government.

    Spot on. Landmarking or Heritage listing a property brings on an absolute nightmare of regulation and expense.

    An associate of mine owns such a property which was recently damaged in a storm. He is required to repair it the way THEY want it, using the materials, methods, and maintaining the appearance THEY specify. All of which are hideously expensive and finding the artisans to perform the work is nearly impossible.

    He walked into it voluntarily, acquiring the listed property without doing his homework, so I can’t feel quite as bad for him. But having it done to you involuntarily is the very definition of invasive over-reaching govt with no respect for personal property rights.

  8. None

    I would have thought this a breach of property rights.

  9. nfw

    Will you be calling on Kevvie and Mal? If they’re not there they are probably out telling the Americans they need the socialist wet dream of the NBN.

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