In my work as village historian, I have been surveying the repositories of information about, specifically, Hempstead Village.Hidden on a top shelf in a vault, I discovered scrapbooks: four covering Hempstead events 1927-1943, and one with articles from 1961 to about 1965.
A headline among the 1961 articles impressed me: APARTMENTS COMING TO LONG ISLAND. It was a Newsday article. It impressed me because Long Island communities at this very time, 2017, are organizing to resist a a mushrooming trend of new apartments. The 1961 article could have been written today: people protesting the loss of individual residential areas to multi-unit dwellings, the increase of population density, the burden on infrastructure to handle thousands of new toilets flushing and cars on the roads, the drain on the school tax system -- especially because apartment dwellers don't pay property taxes as directly as residential homeowners, but their children demand as many resources.
The Incorporated Village of Hempstead has been successfully resisting more apartments for ten years, mostly because it is already overwhelmed with apartment dwellings imposed between the 1940s and the 1980s. Not only that, but it has seen apartment buildings fall empty when the wave of construction passed. Such buildings become the prey of squatters and of renters who want no more than to find shelter, without wanting to pay much or care much for it.
Where will this trend of increasing population take us? Are se seeing the result of the population expansion across the world? If there literally are more peope in the world, can we avoid the increase of buildings in already-populated business zones like the Eastern Coast of the United States?