When we launched the “Bridging Gowanus” community planning process a year ago, we knew we were taking on a big challenge.
We’ve seen (and smelled) the fetid water after a rainfall. I was there when it flooded its banks during Hurricane Sandy. And we knew these toxic waters might seem still compared to asking Brooklynites to debate too-often-polarizing questions about development, density, infrastructure, industry, and housing.
But deciding not to engage seemed worse. Should we just wait and let developers make plans of their own (or pretend that they won’t)? Should we allow hotels, big-box stores, and self-storage facilities (all currently allowed “as-of-right” throughout the Gowanus) overrun the whole area? Should we miss the opportunity to frame the community’s priorities for the new mayoral administration? Read more »