Chris Shand, Clip 2: Crowded Streets and Homes in Waldheim
Collection: Queens Memory Project Collection at Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives: Chris Shand
Description: Chris Shand works the 4pm to midnight shift at the Flushing Hospital where his wife also works as a nurse. He first moved to Flushing in the 1990's and has seen populations and housing costs rise dramatically. Chris is a member of the Waldheim Neighborhood Association, a group that sought zoning changes to prevent developers from tearing down historic houses to replace them with large apartment buildings. He and his wife live in an older apartment building just a few blocks from the hospital. Shand describes the struggles against developers destroying one family homes to build apartments. He says the neighborhood has changed for the worse. He describes how developers started parking cars on neighbor Annalou Christensen's lawn illegally. He describes how it is common for apartments to be illegally sub-divided and rented.
Real estate development; Apartment houses; Christensen, Annalou; Flushing Hospital Medical Center (New York, N.Y.)
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