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Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So.

Posted by BusMgr on Sun Sep 12 14:33:29 2021, in response to Re: Q66 Bus Stops Discontinued Every 4 Blocks Or So., posted by Osmosis Jones on Sun Sep 12 01:19:30 2021.

The was a lot of racial tension at that time, with the underlying concern being that of "white flight" and reduction of the property tax base. Homeowners were scared, and much policy arose from the politics of trying to stabilize the ethnic and economic status of neighborhoods. It existed in Astoria, but also elsewhere. The Queens bypass subway proposal, which would have provided an outlet for the 63rd Street subway stub and actually increase throughput in Queens, was opposed by Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Glendale, out of feat that increased accessibility would destabilize their communities, and bring in outsiders (by race and economic status), for which there was objection just as in Astoria. They had observed changes in the Rockaways, Coney Island, and elsewhere, and they had lived through the destruction accompanying the blackout. Some real estate companies stoked the fears, telling homeowners that if they did not sell now, their property values would decline, and some neighborhoods changed very quickly (consider how fast the Canarsie neighborhoods changed in recent years). The politicians reacted. They knew that if they didn't, their constituents and power base would relocate to Nassau County. It is a difficult issue because the concerns exist but many on all sides will dance around the subject.

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