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Crain's profiles Robert Tierney, the driving force (some might say svengali) behind the Landmarks Preservation Committee, who's managed to landmark 27 historic districts across the city in his eight years at the helm. The current debate over the Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper District—approved by LPC and awaiting a City Council vote—highlights the preservationist vs. developer conflict, which boils down to the ROI (increased property values versus the the cost of upkeep) in designating protected buildings. Up next for LPC? A website that aims to make the landmarking process more transparent, like applying for permits online. [Crain's]