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Director Martin Scorsese is speaking out against rampant development in his old Lower East Side neighborhood, and wrote a letter last week to the City Planning Commission in support of the East Bowery Preservation Plan. "Having grown up on Elizabeth Street, the neighborhood and residents of the Bowery became clear catalysts for turning me into a storyteller," Scorsese wrote. While he might be a little late to the game, he does have a point. The kids who grow up on the Bowery nowadays are going to end up writing movies not about gritty street gangs, but about shopping at Whole Foods and having lots of windows, and nobody wants that. [DNAinfo; previously]