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Democracy Wall Gone as Blue Fence Goes Up at 360 Smith

April 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Construction Wall at 360

As announced on the Oliver House Condos website (which has changed this morning to only include a page saying “Construction status coming soon. Please check back!“), a construction fence went up around the 360 Smith development site yesterday. The fence covered up the neighborhood’s Democracy Wall, which had been used as a kind of community bulletin board and self-expression zone since last year. It is unknown whether they intend to use the fence for the same purpose or if the developer will allow it, particularly if it is used to post messages questioning his building. The website itself is (was) the only one we know of in the city created to keep the community informed of activity on a development site and to create a way for residents to communicate. It is unknown whether its suddenly diminished state as of 8:30AM today is a glitch or whether the developer has pulled it down.

Tags: Carroll Gardens

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Apr 15, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Yeah, it sort of stopped protesting after the final plans..sad. And who the f is “Oliver”? as in Oliver, the Dikensian orphan that finds wealth and happiness? Or some relative of Billy Stein? Stupid this naming of buildings with uber-baby names or fantastical ideals like, Avalon or Vista or some crap. Just call it big-ass ugly building with no plaza.

  • 2 Anonymous // Apr 15, 2008 at 11:10 am

    are they allowed to build that fence outside of their lot – they must be taking up two feet of sidewalk and plaza on each side.

  • 3 Anonymous // Apr 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    interesting point about the fence taking up more space
    why not write the question on the new oliver house website? 🙂 it exists 24/7 “they say”….someone told me tonite there is some fancy “shadow box thing” placed there today…gotta go look for myself