Yesterday Streetsblog reported on Tuesday’s Community Board Two transportation committee meeting, which considered the matter of Fort Greene public space Fowler Square. The committee voted for the temporary space to become permanent. In the words of Streetsblog: “Community Board 2′s transportation committee voted 7-0, with one abstention, to support the conversion of Fowler Square Plaza in Fort Greene from a temporary public space to a permanent feature of the neighborhood.” The public plaza, installed by Department of Transportation this summer, received some heat from the community before its installation. But DOT found that many nearby residents visit the plaza on a regular basis and believe the space has improved quality of life and is a positive addition to the neighborhood. Twenty-six of the 29 nearby businesses also expressed support of the plaza. The DOT found minimal impact on traffic due to closing off South Elliott Place. So it looks like the plaza is here to stay. Streetsblog did not mention if DOT plans to alter the design in any way as it transitions to a permanent space.
Brooklyn Committee Unanimously Supports Permanent Fowler Plaza [Streetsblog]
As we approach the May 1 deadline for Mayor de Blasio to present his plan for 200,000 units of affordable housing, housing advocates and preservationists worry that increasing the percentage of affordable housing in private developments will require outsize development in Brooklyn. Last week’s approval of Domino, which will have towers reaching up to 55 […]
It’s not exactly news that as neighborhoods gentrify, the artists who jump started the process are priced out. However, it may be the end of the line for some artists priced out of Industry City in Brooklyn, the huge industrial complex in Sunset Park, according to a story in The New York Times. The Times […]
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Learn about gardening and food policy at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend during its 33rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference. The event, which is free with admission to the garden, includes workshops, networking lunches for gardeners and urban famers, walking tours and gardening how-tos. Workshops will cover topics like composting, soil contamination, nature walks […]